MLB suspends Houston Astros rookie David Paulino for 80 games


Houston Astros rookie right-hander David Paulino was suspended 80 games without pay on Saturday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Houston Astros rookie right-hander David Paulino was suspended 80 games without pay on Saturday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Major League Baseball announced Paulino tested positive for Boldenone. The 23-year-old elected not to appeal the suspension and began serving his penalty with Saturday night’s game against the New York Yankees.

“We are disappointed in the news today regarding David Paulino,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “We hope this is a one-time incident and something David can learn from as he continues his career. The Astros will continue to fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”

Paulino, who made his major league debut last year, was called up on May 30 due to the rash of injuries to Houston’s rotation. He owned a 2-0 mark with a 6.52 ERA in six starts this season.

Paulino could return for the final game of the regular season, but will be ineligible for postseason play should the Astros qualify.

“It’s very disappointing,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “This impacts clubhouses around the game from time to time, but you never think it’s going to happen in your clubhouse.

“It’s disappointing because of all the good that he’s done in his career and to be effective, but it’s the nature of the business when you try to find a competitive edge. The program’s in place to catch these type of actions, and clearly, it worked.”

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