Phillies Activate Stumpf, Option Gonzalez, DFA Hollands
The Phillies made a plethora of moves in their bullpen Sunday
Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf finished up his 80 game PED suspension for the East German anabolic steroid dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), also known as oral turinabol.
Stumpf was a Rule 5 pick by the Phillies in 2016, and made three appearances out of the bullpen.
To make room for Stumpf, the Phillies optioned Severino Gonzalez back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Gonzalez appeared in 13.1 innings for the Phillies, and had 17 strikeouts and five earned runs allowed.
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Reliever Mario Hollands, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Hollands has not pitched in Philadelphia since 2014, where he made 50 appearances. He had been rehabbing in Clearwater, Reading, and Lehigh Valley prior to being designated for assignment. The Phillies have 10 days to either waive, trade, release, or outright Hollands.
The 25-year-old lefty Stumpf denied that he ever used steroids, and has reached out to multiple players who have also tested positive for oral turinabol. The drug is a synthetic material, so it would not be something naturally producing in his body.
"“I understand that it’s going to be hard to believe for people,” said Stumpf as he returned to his team Sunday. “I understand that people say all the time that they don’t know how it got into their system. I know that there’s been chatter out there from people saying ‘If you’re taking an uncertified supplement, then you’re taking the risk of that.’ Well, I don’t take supplements, period. I don’t drink protein. I don’t do pre-workout. I don’t eat protein bars. I don’t go to Smoothie King and drink smoothies, strictly because they mix stuff in their smoothies. The only thing I took in my life is fish oil because I had high cholesterol. That’s the only supplement that ever went in my body.”“I lay down at night with a guilt-free conscience. I know I didn’t do anything. My family believes me. My teammates believe me. The Phillies believe me. God knows what I did. I don’t have to prove myself to anybody. Obviously there’s a bunch of guys in the game right now that are running their mouths now about this. And that’s fine. But again, if this can happen to me it can happen to you.”"
Stumpf was drafted in the ninth round of the 2010 draft by the Kansas City Royals, but was not protected by their 40-man roster this winter.