Marlins second baseman Gordon hit with 80-game ban


Major League Baseball has issued an 80-game suspension to Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon after he tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.

The ban was imposed after Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances, in violation of the MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension is effective immediately and the two-time All-Star has been suspended without pay.

In 94 at-bats this season, Gordon was hitting .266 with five RBIs and six stolen bases. He led the National League with a .333 batting average and the major leagues with 58 stolen bases last season. 

The Marlins (10-11) completed a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, the first time the Marlins ever swept the Dodgers.

Gordon went 1 for 4 in Miami's 5-3 win, but will not be eligible to play again until the Marlins host the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29.

Without Gordon in the line-up, veteran Ichiro Suzuki or Marcell Ozuna could take over the leadoff spot while Miguel Rojas fills in at second base.