issues 50-game suspension to Raul Mondesi Jr.


Baseball Raul A. Mondesi, the Royals' top prospect, has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.Mondesi, a 21-year-old shortstop, has been playing with Kansas City's Double-A team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, but is on the Royals' 40-man roster. He tested positive for clenbuterol, which he claims was in Subrox-C, an over-the-counter cold medication he purchased in the Dominican Republic. Mondesi, the son of former player Raul Mondesi, said he "failed to read the labeling on the medication" and did not consult with team trainers before taking it. MORE: 11 who were still stars in final season | Red Sox's Farrell fined, not suspendedThe standard PED suspension in the majors is 80 games, but Mondesi's ban was reduced to 50 after he convinced he did not take the substance intentionally. Mondesi is the first player to receive a reduced suspension under the unintentional ingestion provision. Added to last drug agreement.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) May 10, 2016"This is an unfortunate incident that we believe to be an innocent mistake, but these are the consequences that players face when they do not adhere to the policies that have been collectively bargained," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. "We have a protocol in place with our medical team should a player ever have questions about what they may be taking, even if an over-the-counter medication. In this particular case the protocol was not followed and the consequences are such. We remain supportive of (Raul A. Mondesi)."Mondesi was hitting .250 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 104 at-bats over 25 games for the Naturals. Baseball America rated him the No. 29 prospect in the game entering the 2016 season. He made his major league debut with the Royals during the 2015 World Series, striking out as a pinch hitter.

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