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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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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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