Indians outfield in deeper trouble after Abraham Almonte’s 80-game PED ban

Abraham Almonte will miss the first three months of the regular season.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

MLB said Friday that Almonte tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid generally used by veterinarians on horses.

The 26-year-old outfielder will not be allowed to play in regular-season games until July, but can play in spring training.

Almonte was likely to compete for a starting job in the outfield while Michael Brantley works his way back from a shoulder injury.

Acquired by the Indians on July 31, 2015, in a deal for left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, Almonte played 51 games for Cleveland last season, hitting .264 with five home runs and 20 RBI.

Battling back spasms since arriving to the team’s complex in Arizona last week, Almonte returned to baseball activities with the Indians on Friday — several hours before the suspension was announced.

MLB says 18 minor- and major-league players have been found in violation of the league’s drug policy this year, including three major-league players.

Abraham Almonte (left) was atop the Indians’ depth chart in center.