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Royals’ Jorge Bonifacio Suspended 80 Games For PEDs

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Kansas City Royals right fielder Jorge Bonifacio has been suspended for the first 80 games of the 2018 season after testing positive for Boldenone, several outlets reported on Saturday.

Bonifacio, 24, is coming off a solid rookie campaign for the Royals, as he hit .255/.320/.432 with 17 homers and 40 RBIs in 113 games.

Despite the bad news, Bonifacio is still allowed to participate in Spring Training with the Royals, as he’s 8 for 24 (.333, though 0 for last 6) with a homer and seven RBIs as of Sunday.

“This is obviously a very disappointing situation for the Royals, our fans and Jorge,” said Royals general manager Dayton Moore. “He is an incredible person who just made a mistake. Jorge will have our full support as he deals with the consequences of this violation.”

Boldenone is defined as “an anabolic steroid developed for veterinary use.”

“It really made me kind of sick to my stomach a little bit, because he is such a neat kid and a big part of our team,” said Royals manager Ned Yost. “But we’ll get through it. It’s 80 games and we’ll continue to support him and make sure this never happens again. Like I said, I’m not sure exactly the circumstances, but I’m sure that’ll all come to light here soon.”

Bonifacio, who was expected to be the Opening Day right fielder, will likely be replaced by recently-acquired Jon Jay or Jorge Soler, according to MLB.com’s Jeff Flanagan.

With Bonifacio’s suspension, recently-returned Mike Moustakas will essentially take his place on the team’s 40-man roster.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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