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08-10-2007, 10:06 PM
I take it this guy's never heard of the Hair Club for Men? Or how about just wearing a rug?


American Pitcher Becomes First Player to Fail Drug Test in Japan

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer
August 10, 2007

TOKYO (AP) -- A former Triple-A pitcher from California has become the first player in Japanese baseball history to flunk a drug test.

Rick Guttormson, who played in the San Diego and Seattle minor league systems, was suspended for 20 days Friday after testing positive for a banned substance. His team, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, was fined $63,000.

Japanese baseball officials said a postgame test July 13 showed Finasteride in Guttormson's system. Finasteride was in a hair-growing agent the 30-year-old Guttormson had been taking for two years. It's banned because it can be used as a masking agent.

"This is extremely regrettable," Japanese baseball commissioner Yasuchika Negoro said. "We have been very nervous about the issue of doping and we'll need to step up our efforts."

Guttormson is 5-6 this season with a 3.37 ERA for the Hawks. He was the winning pitcher Thursday night in a 5-1 victory over the Seibu Lions.

Guttormson, from Torrance, Calif., who has no major league experience, is in his third season in Japan. He pitched a no-hitter in 2006 for the Yakult Swallows.

The righty played in the Padres' system from 1997-2001 and made it as far as Triple-A. In 2004, he had 25 saves for Double-A San Antonio in the Seattle organization.

This isn't the first time an athlete has run into trouble using hair-growth tonic.

In 2006, NHL goalie Jose Theodore failed a drug test prior to the Olympic Games.

It was later revealed to be caused by hair-growth supplements that Theodore had been taking legally for eight years.

The hair supplement Theodore was using, Propecia, could be used as a masking agent for the performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone.

The goalie did not face any punishment from the NHL because he had received approval for therapeutic use, but was suspended from international play for two years.

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08-10-2007, 10:11 PM
Smart people them Japanese are if they can catch this kind of stuff. A fair suspension to.

08-10-2007, 10:21 PM
After learning of his suspension, pitcher Rick Guttormson committed seppuku, promptly ending his baseball career and his life.

08-10-2007, 10:57 PM

Hey guy...

Your going bald.