Phillies pitcher Stumpf suspended 80 games by MLB

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

The rookie left-hander tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength.

The 25-year-old Stumpf made his major league debut April 7 and has a 40.50 ERA in three appearances, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Philadelphia said in a statement it was ''disappointed to hear today's news of Daniel's violation.''

He will lose $221,858 of salary under his contract, which calls for him to be paid at the rate of the minimum $507,500 while in the major leagues and at the rate of $41,400 while in the minors.

Stumpf was selected by the Phillies in the winter-meeting draft of unprotected players after going 20-23 with a 3.21 ERA during four seasons in Kansas City's minor league system. He signed with the Royals, who picked him in the ninth round of the 2012 amateur draft from San Jacinto College.

Stumpf became the fifth player suspended this year under the big league drug program. New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia received a permanent ban following a third positive PEDs test, and Cleveland outfielder Abraham Almonte, Cincinnati outfielder Juan Duran and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden were suspended 80 games each.

Lefty Elvis Araujo was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Stumpf's roster spot. Araujo was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 40 games for the Phillies last season.

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