July 3, 2017
Astros rookie David Paulino suspended 80 games for positive PED test
While the number of pitchers the Mariners and Reds have lost this season to the DL, it has been overlooked how many starters the Astros have lost as well. The Astros have been hit hard this year in their starting rotation, they just got hit a bit harder. Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Astros’ rookie David Paulino was suspended 80 games for a positive test for the performance enhancing drug Boldenone.The 23-year-old pitcher now puts the Astros in a tough spot as Keuchel remains on the DL and Morton and McHugh are still rehabbing from their injuries. The logical guess for his replacement will be Musgrove, who threw seven innings of shutout ball in his lone start with the Fresno Grizzlies this week. Paulino’s suspension also begs the question, how does this affect Houston’s trade prospects? It was likely Paulino would have been asked for in a trade considering, his youth, size, projectablity and major league experience. Teams may now shy away from him because of the suspension. He is currently ranked as the 44th overall prospect in baseball according to MLB.com. http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/news/astros-rookie-david-paulino-suspended-80-games-for-ped-test/13mrif5dcqe9p1iy5p7zi84bu7
Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh have all spent time on the disabled list this year while Joe Musgrove has been so bad he has been demoted to Triple A.While Paulino hasn’t been great this year for the Astros he has been a good enough bandaid in the rotation while Houston waits for Keuchel, Morton and McHugh to come back from the DL.
Paulino has been suspended by the Astros before, but that was often more for disciplinary issues than drug usage. He was suspended for a good amount of time last season for violation of team rules, though those violations were never disclosed.