This comes at the worst possible time for the 26-year-old, who has been enjoying the best season of his career, by far. At the time of his suspension, he holds a record of 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 97 strikeouts, while only walking 21 baters in 90 innings pitched. This ban will keep him away from the Athletics until September, which automatically eliminates him from pitching in the Postseason.
This move did come with some controversy, as Montas argued that he took a tainted substance that was not intended to enhance his baseball performance. Despite that, he decided not to appeal this suspension and willingly accepted the punishment. In the lone statement from the Athletics' pitcher, he claimed he was "deeply saddened" by the test, but reiterated that he "unknowingly" took the substance that forced this issue. The team has expressed their disappointment and their support for the league's decision, but they are forced to move forward, still well within playoff contention, three games over .500 after a loss to the Rays on Friday night.