Steven Wright has no idea how a performance-enhancing substance entered his bloodstream, but the Red Sox knuckleballer told reporters in Florida on Wednesday that he accepts responsibility for his 80-game suspension.
"I never thought it would come down to this, but I respect the joint drug treatment program and unfortunately we couldn't figure out how this particular substance got into my system," Wright said. "At the end of the day, it falls on me to try to prevent that. Unfortunately somewhere it got into my system. I don't know. It is what it is and I just have to try to move on from it."
Wright believed he failed a test shortly after Christmas, and he then failed his appeal. MLB announced he tested positive for growth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2).
"I did do an appeal," Wright said. "Through the process I realized the burden is completely on me. Unfortunately we couldn't, though the supplement testing and all the things I knew I was tested, came back clean. But at the end of the day it doesn't matter. Somewhere it got into my system. It's unfortunate. It was such low levels it literally could've been from anything. We couldn't narrow it down from what it was. It falls on me to try to prove that and unfortunately I could not do it."
Wright said the test had nothing to do with his recovery from serious knee surgery, which curtailed his 2018 and had delayed the start of his 2019. He also noted that he has experience with the league's disciplinary system, because he opened last year on the suspended list following a domestic altercation.
"I feel all right, because I know the truth, and that's the biggest thing," Wright said. "I went through it last year, and it was hard last year because I'm a private guy and all of a sudden my life goes public. With this, I know the truth, and people close to me know I wouldn't intentionally do this to try to get an upper hand.
"But, you know, it is what it is. I knew it was coming. I wanted to do everything I could to try to figure out how it got into my system, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. It was in there. I can't dispute that. I trust the testing."