Indians Pitcher Clase Faces Suspension

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cleveland Indians pitcher Emmanuel Clase has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension does not begin until the start of the 2020 regular season.

Clase was acquired by the Indians in the trade that sent Corey Kluber to Texas.

The Indians organization released the following statement:

We were disappointed to learn of today’s suspension of Emmanuel Clase for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game.  We have been in contact with Emmanuel, and we will welcome him back after the discipline has been served. Per the protocol outlined by Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, we will not comment further on the circumstances surrounding this announcement.