It was announced Friday that Indians Outfielder Abraham Almonte has been suspended for 80 games for violation of MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy.
MLB said Friday that Almonte tested positive for Boldenone, a steroid generally used by veterinarians on horses.
The Indians already had a questionable outfield situation coming into the season with Michael Brantley injured, and this news may explain why the Tribe signed Will Venable to a Minor-League deal earlier on Friday.
The Indians released the following statement regarding Almonte's suspension:
"We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Abraham Almonte for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outlined by Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement, we will not comment further on the circumstances surrounding this announcement."
Almonte will be able to play in Spring Training, but will not be allowed to play in regular season games until July.