News of Abraham Almonte's 80-game suspension for a positive PED test is still reverberating through the Cleveland Indians organization. While general manager Mike Chernoff made a very brief statement to the media yesterday, Abraham Almonte fully addressed those at Indians camp today. However, what he said did not make a whole lot of sense.
Indians beat writer, Jordan Bastian, relayed through Twitter that Almonte "takes full responsibility" for the positive PED test, but he also had no idea how the performance-enhancing substance, Boldenone, got into his system.
Almonte met with media. Said he takes full responsibility for positive PED test, but doesn't know how the Boldenone got in his system.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 27, 2016
I'm not an expert on Boldenone or any kind of performance-enhancing drug, but a quick Google search shows that Boldenone is not a naturally-occurring compound; it's highly unlikely that Almonte ingested something allowed under MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program that happened to have Boldenone in it. Boldenone is the same substance that landed Henry Mejia a lifelong suspension from Major League Baseball earlier this month.
UPDATE: Here is the full video of Almonte's address to the media yesterday.