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.