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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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Tigers to Sign Hector Sanchez

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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with catcher Hector Sanchez, according to Venezuelan journalist Ignacio Serrano.

The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Sanchez, 29, was released by the San Francisco Giants shortly after the start of the 2018 season, and owns a career .238/.273/.367 batting line.

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Yankees to Sign Danny Farquhar

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The New York Yankees are signing right handed pitches Danny Farquhar to a minor-league deal, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

According to MLB’com’s Mark Feinsand, the 31-year old Farquhar will receive an invitation to camp with the Yankees.

Farquhar spent the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox, pitching to the tune of a 5.63 ERA of 8 innings pitched.

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Mariners Designate Kaleb Cowart for Assignment

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The Seattle Mariners have designated infielder Kaleb Coward for assignment, creating a needed roster space for the acquisition of Shed Long from the New York Yankees, the team officially announced.

Seattle claimed Cowart back in December, stating that he would come to camp not only as an infielder, but as a pitcher as well, and while he could still come to Mariners’ camp, he will need to clear waivers first.

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