Indians’ Emmanuel Clase Suspended: Bad Trade?
This is not exactly what the Indians had in mind when they traded former club ace Corey Kluber. Kluber had lost some of his edge towards the end of his Cleveland career and suffered a couple of injuries. This led to a 5.80 ERA in just seven appearances last year for Kluber. So, they decided to move on this past offseason and trade him to the Texas Rangers. Part of that return included Clase who can top his cutter’s velocity at 100 MPH.
Clase posted a 2.31 ERA in 21 outings last year with Texas. The hope for the Indians, of course, is that a 22-year old flamethrower like Clase could develop into something even better with the club. As long as Francisco Lindor remains in Cleveland, the team feels they have a shot at another World Series run. Andrew Miller was a key cog for the 2016 team that ended up falling short to the Cubs. Perhaps they believe Clase can play a similar role to that in a future postseason. This suspension, however, is far from a promising start. The MLB made this official announcement on Friday:
For this Indians team, losing any key component for an extended amount of time is a nightmarish scenario. They are not nearly as deep of a club as they were just a few years ago and the margin for error has shrunk. With Mike Clevinger still coming back from injury along with Tyler Naquin and Carlos Carrasco, losing Clase is a hurdle the Tribe may not be able to overcome. A poor start to the 2019 campaign put them in too deep of a hole to climb out of to try and make a divisional title or wild card run. A repeat of that in 2020 will have them on the outside looking in once again.
The USADA defines Boldenone as the following:
“AN ANABOLIC ANDROGENIC STEROID AND SYNTHETIC DERIVATIVE OF TESTOSTERONE THAT WAS ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED FOR VETERINARY USE BUT HAS SINCE BECOME ONE OF THE MORE COMMON PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS THaT ATHLETES TEST POSITIVE FOR IN SPORT.”
Clase is not the first big league player to be busted for using it. Former Astros pitcher David Paulino used it in 2017 with Houston and received an 80-game suspension. Also, Francis Martes of the Astros and Pablo Reyes received 80-game suspensions for 2020 for using it.
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