Former All-Star Pitcher Suspended 60 Games

Three months after admitting that he had provided oxycodone to late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, starting pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended by MLB for 60 games.

The ban is 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 trial into Skaggs' 2019 death took place in February of this year, and Harvey testified in federal court that he had used cocaine and that he gave oxycodone to Skaggs as well as receiving it from him. The Angels pitcher died from a mixture of "alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication.

Harvey testified in exchange for immunity from criminal charges, however, he was not immune to penalties from major league baseball. 

Harvey is currently on a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Last season for the O's, he struggled to a 6-14 record with a 6.27 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. It's been a long fall from grace for the former Mets phenom in the early part of the last decade when he was an All-Star in 2013 and finished 4th in Cy Young voting.  

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