Outfielder Almonte hit with 80-game ban


NEW YORK: Cleveland Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte was suspended on Friday by Major League Baseball for 80 games after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance Boldenone.

The 26-year-old Dominican, batting .244 with 10 home runs and 48 runs batted in over three major league seasons, will miss one game less than half the season and be out of the Indians’ lineup until July.

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension,” the team said in a statement. “We fully support Major League Baseball’s [anti-doping] policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game.”

Almonte batted .250 with five homers over 82 games last season for the Indians and San Diego Padres last season. He began his major league career with Seattle in 2013.

It was the first positive test for Almonte, who can participate in pre-season training but must begin his ban at the start of the 2016 campaign.



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