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Raúl Mondesí Suspended 50 Games For PEDs

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Top Kansas City Royals prospect Raúl Mondesí was suspended for 50 games Thursday, after testing positive for the performance enhancing drug clenbuterol. According to Mondesí, an over-the-counter flu medication he ingested in the Dominican Republic caused the positive:

I took an over-the-counter medication [Subrox-C], which I bought in the Dominican Republic to treat cold and flu symptoms. I failed to read the labeling on the medication or consult with my trainer or team about taking it and did not know it contained a banned substance. I tested positive for that banned substance, with a minuscule amount of Clenbuterol in my system, which could not have possibly enhanced my performance on the field, and now must face the consequences of that mistake.

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According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the original suspension was for 80 games, but MLB and the MLBPA agreed to a reduction after Mondesí. showed evidence of the banned substance in the medication he says he took:

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Correction: This post originally stated that Raúl Mondesí Jr. tested positive for PEDs. It was actually Raúl A. Mondesí that tested positive; Raúl Mondesí Jr. is his brother, who was formerly in the Milwaukee Brewers system. Both are sons of former major leaguer Raúl Mondesí.

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