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Colabello Backs Sox Prospect After PED Test
When the announcement came last week that Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis had tested positive for a banned substance, triggering an 80-game suspension, Milford native Chris Colabello could not help but see the similarities to his own situation two years ago.
spell, harder-to-pronounce Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. The reaction was also the same, as Chavis released a statement saying he was shocked by the positive test, that he would never knowingly take a performance-enhancing substance, and left looking for answers as to how this happened.
"It was really emotional," Colabello
told me when he joined me last Sunday
on WEEI. "This is not the first time it's happened since it happened to me ... it's a shame, and I give Michael a lot of credit for his statement, it sounds really familiar." Colabello was with the Blue Jays in
2016 when he was handed an 80-game suspension. The ban halted what had been a meteoric rise for Colabello after breaking into the majors with the Twins following
seven years of playing independent professional baseball. For the past two years, he has maintained his innocence. A free agent, he is trying to work his way back into the game he has played for the past three-plus decades of his life as he faces the criticism from all sides.
"A lot of people are quick to jump the gun and say 'he's lying, he's cheating,' and it's not easy to deal with, man," Colabello said. "To sit here and be in a position where you have no answer, it's incredibly difficult to be called all the things we have been, and he will be, it's tough to swallow."
Asked whether he believes Chavis, who insisted he did not cheat and is mystified by the positive test, Colabello did not hesitate.
"One hundred percent," he said. "I know exactly what he's going through. There's not
a question in my mind, and that's without having even spoken with him. Obviously, I could be proven wrong at some point.
I know what I know. I know what I went through. So I have no reason to doubt he's not telling the truth."
Colabello said he has reached out to Chavis, 22, a 2014 first-round pick. The Milford High graduate said he would tell Chavis to lean on his support system, as he has turned to family, friends, and his agent in going through the most difficult challenge in his life.
"I know what I did and didn't do, my story hasn't changed," Colabello said. "I am still here, two years later, fighting the same fight."




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