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Left-Handed Pitcher Nik Turley Suspended 80 Games

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Left-Handed Pitcher Nik Turley Suspended 80 Games
John Dreker

According to Adam Berry from MLB.com, left-handed pitcher Nik Turley has been suspended for 80 games, which will begin at the start of the 2018 season. Turley tested positive for Ipamorelin, which is considered a performance enhancing drug under MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Turley was picked up off waivers from the Minnesota Twins in November. The 28-year-old made his big league debut in 2017 with the Twins, making three starts and seven relief appearances. He had a 11.21 ERA and a 2.15 WHIP in 17.2 innings.

Turley was not expected to make the Opening Day roster this year, instead serving as bullpen depth in Indianapolis after pitching well in Triple-A last year. He is out of options, but it was possible he could have been DFA'd to open up a roster spot before t...

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