Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Jays' Colabello latest suspended

TORONTO — Blue Jays 1B Chris Colabello was suspended Friday for 80 games without pay after testing positive for the same anabolic steroid that caused Philadelphia pitcher Daniel Stumpf to be disciplined last week.

The commissioner's office said Colabello tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is sold under the name Turinabol.

"On March 13, I got one of the scariest and most definitely the least-expected phone calls of my entire life. I was informed by the players' association that a banned substance was found in my urine," Colabello said in a statement released by the union. "I have spent every waking moment since that day trying to find an answer as to why or how?"

Colabello is hitting .069 (2 for 29) with one RBI this season.

Colabello, 32, who also plays the outfield, spent eight seasons in the minor leagues, seven of them in independent baseball, before reaching the big leagues with Minnesota in 2013.

"He's fought the odds his whole life," Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He'll fight this."

Also, the Blue Jays signed free agent OF Michael Bourn to a minor-league contract and will send him to extended spring training.

Schilling's sub: Former pitcher Dallas Braden, whose brief career was notable for his perfect game against the Rays in 2010 as a member of the A's, was named Curt Schilling's replacement on ESPN's Monday night broadcasts, the New York Times reported. Schilling was fired this week after his latest controversial post on social media.

Ump breaks ground: Ramon De Jesus became the first Dominican-born umpire to be on the field in a major-league game when he manned second base for the Indians-Tigers game in Detroit.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (illness) was scratched from his start against the Angels. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2, 4.50 ERA) started in Hernandez's place.

Rangers: RHP Keone Kela had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove a bone spur and will miss about three months.

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