Seattle Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi, a former Clinton LumberKings first baseman, was suspended 50 games Thursday after testing positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance.
In a statement released to the media, Choi claimed he didn’t knowingly take any illegal substance:
“A banned substance was detected in my urine sample. I do not know what I could have taken that caused me to test positive. I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance. However, I also understand that without an explanation I must serve a suspension and I accept that. I look forward to putting this behind me and to returning to help the Mariners ballclub once my suspension has ended.”
Choi was hitting .394 with 1 HR and 5 RBI in 10 games for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers this season. The South Korea native batted .298 with 8 HR and 43 RBI in the 66 games he played with the LumberKings in 2012.