Jun 13

Fernando Abad given 80-game drug suspension

jets_017Pitcher Fernando Abad, an eight-year major league veteran who ended last season with Boston, has been suspended 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a positive test for the steroid Stanozolol..

The Mets also said outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was scheduled to play for Binghamton of the Double-A Eastern League at Trenton on Friday night in an injury rehabilitation assignment.

The Legion of Boom ended when Sherman was released. On the same day, the team cut another familiar cornerback in Jeremy Lane, and a few days later, it parted ways with DeShawn Shead. Seattle now is set with one staring corner, second-year rising star Shaquill Griffin, who started 11 games as a rookie and played 80 percent of the defensive snaps, fifth most on the team.

The battle for the other outside job is between Byron Maxwell, Justin Coleman and Neiko Thorpe. Maxwell has experience and played well last season, but he’s 30. Coleman has good all-around attributes, but it’s hard to take him out of the nickel role he aced last season. Thorpe, who started two games for the Raiders in 2015, has worked himself into the mix after being a core special teamer.

Nicasio has a right knee effusion, a build-up of fluid around the knee joint. He is 1-3 with a 5.34 ERA, but he leads the American League with 14 holds.

Altavilla has a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament. He is 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 22 appearances. It’s his second trip to the DL — the last one was for an AC joint inflammation.

Nicasio and Altavilla join relievers David Phelps, who was lost for the season to Tommy John surgery; Nick Vincent, who went on the DL with a strained groin May 28; and Erasmo Ramirez, who strained his teres major, a muscle in his right rotator cuff.

The good news for the Mariners is that since May 16, their starting pitchers are 10-1 with a 2.24 ERA in 21 games. The team is 15-6 over that span. Mariners starters have gone at least eight innings in four games, at least seven in nine games and at least six in 15 games.

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