Indians Lose Reliever Clase

Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson runs to second base for a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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CLEVELAND (AP) CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The commissioner's office said the 22-year-old tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid.

Clase was acquired from the Texas Rangers this winter in Cleveland's trade of two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The hard-throwing right-hander was expected to have a major role at the back end of the Indians' bullpen this season.

Clase made his debut with the Rangers in August. He appeared in 21 games, going 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA. He struck out 21 in 23 1-3 innings. Clase is scheduled to make $564,800 this season.

His suspension won’t begin until the start of the 2020 regular season, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the season doesn't cover 80 games, MLB and the players' association are still working out if any carry over will apply for 2021.

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