Exclusive interview with Jonathan Ellis

On Monday, BayBear reliever Jon Ellis was suspended for 50 days under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. While initial reports indicated he was detected with a performance-enhancing substance in his system, he maintains that the suspension was not related to steroids.

Initially, there was a report that steroids were detected?

Jonathan Ellis It wasn't. I'm having problems with that actually back home. The media back home is saying that it was performance-enhancing. On the news last night, my dad was watching and there was like a five minute report about steroids and how it's bad for you, and then my name was brought up.

Do you know what was detected?

It was for a drug of abuse, but it wasn't for performance-enhancing drugs.

Does MLB or the team require any rehab as a result?

I have to go to classes when I get back [to Arizona]. I'll find out when I get there.

When did they test and when did you find out?

I think the test was May 15th or something, and then I just found out Friday.

When they tested, did you know you could be in trouble?

No, I didn't. I thought I would be fine. When it happened, I was like, ‘are you kidding me.' I didn't try to argue it, because I knew that I had put myself in this situation, but I thought under the time circumstances, I thought it was okay. … It's just something I have to learn from. I've just got to serve my time and then come back.

Did you get a chance to talk to your teammates at Mobile about it?

I talked to everybody and everybody's response to me - they were positive and they were just telling me to serve my time and come back, and move on from there. There's nothing I can do and what's done is done. All I can do is serve my 50 games and come back and just keep playing.

Did you talk with Matt Varner, who just rejoined Lake Elsinore after serving a suspension of his own?

Yeah, actually I have. He was basically saying the same thing. It's not the end of the world, it's just a bump in the road.

What are you doing now?

I'll be at home for the first 30-35 days, then I'll go down to Arizona to get ready there for the last 15 days.

How will you handle workouts at home?

I've got a gym that I work out at back home. My brother, he's at home right now, so I'll probably just throw with him and maybe throw a bullpen here and there.

Will you be able to work out with the team when you get back to Arizona?

I'm not sure how that works. I don't think I can be on the field because you can't be with a team where they have paid attendance, so I think I'll have to do all my work in the morning before the team actually gets there.

How are you holding up?

I've been better . The first couple days, the hardest part was figuring out, what am I going to tell my parents, [and] how are they going to respond to it. Once I got over it all, from everything everybody was saying to me, all I'm going to do is put it behind me now because it's already over with, and keep my arm in shape and come back and finish out the last month of the season.

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