MLB Suspends Indians Clase for 80 Games

Cleveland - Before the season could even start, the Cleveland Indians bullpen has taken a major hit.

Emmanuel Clase, a hard-throwing right hander acquired via the Corey Kluber to Texas Rangers trade, has been suspended for 80 games.

Clase was found to have Boldenone in his body. The drug is a banned performance enhancing substance by Major League Baseball.

The Indians released a statement regarding Clase:

We were disappointed to learn of today’s suspension of Emmanuel Clase 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. We have been in contact with Emmanuel, and we will welcome him back after the discipline has been served. Per the protocol outlined by Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement, we will not comment further on the circumstances surrounding this announcement.

The 22-year-old Dominican native appeared in 21 games for the Rangers in 2019, posting a 2-3 record with one save and a 2.31 ERA.

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