MLB suspends Royals prospect Mondesi for 50 games for PED

May 10, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Kansas City Royals prospect Raul Mondesi has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for clenbuterol, a banned steroid.

The penalty was announced Tuesday against the 20-year-old infielder, who is on Kansas City's 40-man roster but had been optioned to Double-A.

Mondesi is the son of former NL Rookie of the Year Raul Mondesi. The younger Mondesi was the first player to make his big league debut in the World Series.

A positive test for a performance-enhancing drug usually results in an 80-game suspension, but Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed to the reduced punishment after Mondesi showed the steroid came from cold medicine. Mondesi says he took the over-the-counter medication without reading the label or consulting his trainer.


He apologized and said he never intended to ''take a substance that would give me an unfair advantage on the field.''