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Steve Delabar receives 80-game suspension for PEDs

Three suspensions for violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program were handed out on Monday afternoon, one of which applied to 33-year-old RHP Steve Delabar.

Acquiring relief pitchers was a priority for the Indians this off-season as shown through the signings of Nick Goody, Carlos Frias, Steve Delabar and Travis Banwart.

One of these additions is likely out of the Tribe's bullpen conversation in 2017.

Delabar received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Ostarine, an illegal substance under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball made the official announcement on Monday afternoon.

The 29th-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft was signed to a minor league contract on January 13 in hopes that he could be a depth option and veteran presence with the Columbus Clippers. Instead, Delabar was placed on the temporary inactive list after failing to make an appearance at the Triple-A level. Manager Terry Francona shuffled through a wide array of hurlers in 2016 and could have used Delabar at some point this season if the big league club needed an arm. 

The highlight of Delabar's three years (3.053) of MLB service time was an appearance in the 2013 All-Star Game as a member of the Blue Jays. The right-hander struck out the only batter he faced and finished the campaign with a 3.22 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 12.58 K/9 in 55 games (58.1 innings).

Since his breakout year, Delabar has bounced around between Toronto and Cincinnati before claiming a non-roster invite this spring with Cleveland.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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