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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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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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