TORONTO (AP) Cleveland Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte is making his season debut against the Blue Jays on Sunday after being reinstated from the restricted list.
Almonte was suspended in February for 80 games after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. MLB said Almonte tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid generally used by veterinarians on horses.
Almonte played 51 games for Cleveland last season, hitting .264 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. He is starting in center field and batting eighth against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Also Sunday, the Indians optioned left-hander Shawn Morimando to Triple-A Columbus and moved outfielder Michael Brantley (right shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
Third baseman Juan Uribe was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup and replaced by Jose Ramirez. Uribe left Saturday's 9-6 loss after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch in the sixth inning.