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MLB suspends Phillies rookie for 80 games

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PHILADELPHIA — Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

The rookie left-hander, 25, tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength.

Stumpf made his major-league debut April 7 and has a 40.50 ERA in three appearances, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Philadelphia said in a statement it was "disappointed to hear today's news of Daniel's violation."

He will lose $221,858 of salary under his contract — the minimum $507,500 while in the major leagues and $41,400 while in the minors.

Stumpf was selected by the Phillies in the winter meeting draft of unprotected players after going 20-23 with a 3.21 ERA during four seasons in Kansas City's minor-league system.

LHP Elvis Araujo was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 40 games for the Phillies last season.

BRAVES: Slumping slugger Freddie Freeman sat out Thursday. Freeman, who said he is healthy, is batting .080 (2-for-25) as the No. 3 hitter.

PIRATES: 1B Michael Morse was designated for assignment, less than two years after he drove in the winning run for the Giants in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Morse was 0-for-8 in six games. The contract of RHP AJ Schugel was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis.

ROCKIES: OF Charlie Blackmon went on the 15-day disabled list with turf toe on his left foot, and C Dustin Garneau was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

TWINS: OF David Murphy agreed to a minor-league contract, and will report to Triple-A Rochester with the possibility of quickly joining the major-league club. Murphy, 34, was at spring training with Boston on a minor-league contract and released before opening day. GM Terry Ryan said the decision to add Murphy was a response to the lineup producing only 13 runs over the first eight games.

SCHILLING tobacco warning: After undergoing treatment for oral cancer, former All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling recorded a public service announcement on the dangers of smokeless tobacco. The 60-second spot, released Thursday, will air on the MLB Network and be shown on scoreboards at big-league stadiums. Schilling, now 49, said two years ago his cancer is in remission. "I found out, through the worst pain you can imagine and hospitalization for two months, that there was no time during my addiction that was worth what I went through,'' he says in the public service announcement.

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