Friday February 26th, 2016

Cleveland Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte has been suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy, MLB announced Friday.

Almonte has been suspended for testing positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid. An 80-game suspension means this is Almonte’s first violation of the drug policy.

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Abraham Almonte,” read an Indians’ statement. “We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game.”

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Almonte played in 82 games for the Indians and Padres last season. He hit .250 with five home runs and 24 RBIs.

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