NEW YORK — Mariners minor-league OF Boog Powell, a former Rays prospect, was suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance, the commissioner's office announced Thursday.
It was Powell's second penalty for a banned substance. The Rays included him in a six-player trade with Seattle in November that brought 1B Logan Morrison, INF Brad Miller and RHP Danny Farquhar to Tampa Bay.
Powell, 23, not related to the former Orioles slugger in the 1960s and 1970s, was on Seattle's 40-man roster. He hasn't played in the majors.
Powell was hitting .270 with 27 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 64 games at Triple-A Tacoma, playing centerfield.
He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. He was banned 50 games in 2014 after a positive test for an amphetamine.
In a statement, Powell said he accepts the penalty but does not know how the substance could have been in his system: "I will not rest until there is a full explanation for this result which will vindicate me. Until that happens, however, I realize that accountability rests solely with me on this matter.''
There have been 12 players suspended this year under the drug program.
START THAT ISN'T A START: Mariners scheduled starter Adrian Sampson left Thursday's loss against the Tigers before throwing an official pitch. It was supposed to be the right-hander's second major-league start. But he made a warmup pitch, C Chris Iannetta signaled to the dugout and Sampson was replaced by Vidal Nuno. The team said Sampson had right elbow discomfort, with further evaluation planned. Since Sampson didn't throw to a batter, Nuno was the starter of record, according to the official scorer. Sampson appears in the box score in the pitcher's spot in the order.
METS: Slugger Yoenis Cespedes should miss no more than a couple of games and RHP Noah Syndergaard is expected to make his next start. Cespedes got a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist and Syndergaard, was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication for his right elbow. An MRI showed nothing wrong with the structure of his elbow.
TWINS: LHP Glen Perkins was scheduled for shoulder surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and assess damage in his rotator cuff. The hope is to have him ready for spring training next year.