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06/19/2012 6:08 PM EST

Phillies issue statement on behalf of Freddy Galvis

The following statement is issued on behalf of Freddy Galvis in response to today’s Major League Baseball announcement:

“A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample. I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body.  I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance.  I have always tried to follow the team’s strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard and eat right.  Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be suspended.

“I’d like to apologize to my all my fans, especially here in Philadelphia and back home in Venezuela, to my teammates and to the Phillies organization. I am looking forward to putting this behind me, rehabilitating my back and returning to the Phillies as soon as possible to try to help them win another World Series.”

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