Ronny Paulino suspended for extra Testosterone

The Tigers lost a piece of catching depth Wednesday with Ronny Paulino’s 100-game suspension for exogenous Testosterone, but it wasn’t a big piece.

Considering the inexperience of the surrounding cast, Paulino was veteran insurance. He was once a promising young backstop in Pittsburgh before things went south, until he was mired as a Triple-A backup last summer. The Tigers acquired him from the Orioles organization because Luis Exposito had nailed down the job at Triple-A Norfolk. Exposito is now in the Tigers system, having been signed as a minor-league free agent this offseason. He has the best chance to back up prospect James McCann in Toledo.

Exposito is in big league camp for depth, as is fellow minor-league catching signing Craig Albernaz. The Tigers signed Albernaz from the Rays organization. Paulino’s minor-league deal did not include a camp invite.

Major League Baseball announced Paulino’s suspension Wednesday afternoon. He received a 100-game suspension for a second positive test.

6 Comments

I wish this meant we could see Victor behind the plate a bit this year………

Take a guess who has a $189MM payroll and will likely finish 3rd-4th in their division?

yes that’s right the phillies.

Could Don Kelly be an option at C? you know what you’ll get out of him in all other facets of the game and if he accepts a minor league assignment to work on his defense….

Nice! Victor showed up with a new set of catcher’s gear, ready to go!

Use of performance enhancing drugs especially among athletes is discouraged. It matters a lot to play fair and square. For sure, Paulino can play well with or without added testosterone in his system.

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