Astros RHP Martes suspended 80 games after failed drug test

Injured Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Francis Martes has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Clomiphene, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.The Astros said in a statement Tuesday that they “hope that Francis can learn from this experience and that he returns to have a successful career.”Clomiphene is an anti-estrogen substance used in fertility treatments and employed by men to accelerate testosterone production. It is taken along with steroids to inhibit estrogen problems. It is not FDA-approved for use by men, according to the USDA, and has been placed on the list of banned substances.Martes underwent Tommy John surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last Aug. 15, and was not scheduled to return until the second half of the season, at the earliest. His suspension will begin at the start of the 2019 regular season.Martes, 23, was shut down in June without appearing for the Astros throughout 2018 with what general manager Jeff Luhnow called a right elbow injury.He is the second player to be suspended under the major league drug program this year, following Kansas City Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund, who is also out for 80 games after testing positive for selective androgen receptor modulators.