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The Margin: Starling Marte’s steroid suspension will cost him about $2.2 million

Starling Marte, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star outfielder, was suspended for 80 games Tuesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Marte, one of Major League Baseball’s rising stars, hit .311 last year with 47 steals, and won a Gold Glove for the second straight year for his defense in left field. Marte tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. He is the first active MLB player to be suspended under the league’s new joint drug agreement with the players’ union.

The unpaid suspension will cost Marte about $2.2 million — half his salary this season. He’s also ineligible for postseason play, which may be a moot point for the Pirates now, after losing one of their best players.

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