Ramirez, 39, left baseball last season rather than face an unspecified violation tied to the sport’s anti-doping rules. The 12-time All-Star, who ranks 14th in major-league history with 555 home runs, was suspended 50 games in May 2009 while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers for breaking the sport’s drug rules.
“As a condition of his reinstatement, Ramirez will be required to resolve his outstanding violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” MLB said in a statement.
Ramirez’s suspension would begin with the first game he’s eligible after a team signs him to a contract. The New York Times reported in April that Ramirez had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during spring training.
In 2009, Ramirez said in a statement that his violation wasn’t a steroid and declined to challenge the suspension. ESPN cited two unidentified people as saying Ramirez failed a test for human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, a female fertility drug that also can be taken by steroid users to help with testosterone production.
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