A source close to Braun, however, said Sunday that although the player tested positive for a prohibited substance, that substance was not a performance-enhancing drug.
The source described the test result as highly unusual, “never seen in the history of (baseball’s) drug-prevention program.”
“When it happened,” the source said, “everyone was just scratching their head.”
Another source, however, said the substance in question triggered a violation of baseball’s steroid-testing policy, even if it is not technically listed as a PED.
ESPN quoted sources who said Braun’s positive result was triggered by elevated levels of testosterone in his system. The testosterone was synthetic, not produced by Braun’s body, according to a later test. If a player exceeds a certain testosterone ratio during testing, he is deemed to have tested positive.
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