KC Royals player receives 80-game suspension
A young baseball player with a bright future learned the hard way that performance-enhancing drugs in the MLB won’t be allowed. Jorge Bonifacio, who made his debut in the major leagues last year, was banned after testing positive for the use of Boldenone, an anabolic-androgenic steroid that is prohibited in the league. The 24-year-old outfielder will now ride the pine for 80 games.
Bonifacio had a decent debut last year with the Royals. He hit .255 and scored 17 home runs with 40 RBIs over 113 games. When Royals GM Dayton Moore found out about the suspension, he said, "He is an incredible person who just made a mistake," general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. "Jorge will have our full support as he deals with the consequences of this violation." His suspension opened the roster for the Royals to re-sign third baseman Mike Moustakas, who became a free agent after last season.
Bonifacio is the latest to fall in a series of player suspensions this year. Houston's Dean Deetz, Washington's Raudy Read, and Pittsburgh's Nik Turley have previously received varying timeouts for running afoul of the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. All three players also received 80-game suspensions.