“Violation of Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program” – MLB suspends Matt Harvey for 60 games for drug distribution

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended for 60 games by MLB for illegal drug distribution.

Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey received a 60 games suspension without pay after he admitted in court in February to providing the late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with drugs. He was suspended for ‘participating in the distribution of a prohibited drug of abuse’ as the statement was confirmed. He testified in court that he indeed supplied opioids to Tyler Skaggs. 

Earlier Skaggs died of a drug overdose and was found dead in a hotel room in July 2019. Matt Harvey’s participation in the drug distribution came out during the trial of Eric Kay that Harvey has been part of the handling of oxycodone. Harvey’s 60-game suspension comes in accord with the violation of the Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. For a long time, the case was on everyone’s mind but the result finally came.

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Matt Harvey’s 60-day suspension retroactively went into effect on April 29

Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey who was once a part of the Los Angeles Angels is now under the Baltimore Orioles. Eric Kay who was formerly the Angels communication director was brought to trial. The trial took place in July 2019 after Skaggs’s death. Later Skaggs’ autopsy determined the inhale of fetal drugs that should be usually kept away from use, as a professional player. 

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In the court, Harvey admitted that he used cocaine as well as supplied and received the item from Skaggs himself. The MLB statement continued, “The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey has received a 60-game suspension without pay for participating in the distribution of a prohibited Drug of Abuse in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.“The start date of Harvey’s 60-game suspension is retroactive to April 29, 2022.”

Throughout the trial, Matt Harvey and four other Los Angeles Angles players admitted to having taken opioids from Kay. As of now, Kay’s sentencing is not set to occur until June 28. At present, Harvey is back to the Orioles’ triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides as reported on the-sun.com. From 2012 to 2018 he spent with the New York Mets and won the All-Star in 2013.

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