Seattle Mariners infielder Tim Beckham was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol.
Beckham, 29, is batting .237 with 15 homers, a career-high 21 doubles and 47 RBIs in 88 games in his first season with the Mariners after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract in January.
He has started games at five different defensive positions (first, second and third base, shortstop and left field) as well as at designated hitter this season. He has primarily played shortstop (39 starts).
—The Toronto Blue Jays will extend the protective netting at Rogers Centre before the 2020 season, and they’re taking the same measures at their spring training stadium in Dunedin, Fla.
“As fans and followers of the game, it is vitally important for us to preserve and enhance the live baseball experience, while also ensuring everyone who visits our ballparks can do so safely,” said Andrew Miller, the team’s executive vice president of business operations.
The netting at Rogers Centre currently extends to the end of the dugouts, and the Blue Jays said they are working to figure out the new dimensions.
—The San Francisco Giants designated second baseman Joe Panik for assignment.
In related moves, the Giants recalled left-hander Conner Menez, who was scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals, and left-hander Williams Jerez from Triple-A Sacramento. Left-hander Sam Selman was sent to Triple-A on Monday night.
Panik, a former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, was batting a career-low .235 with three home runs and 27 RBIs in 103 games. Panik, 28, will be placed on waivers on will be available to any team making a claim.
—The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Alex Verdugo on the 10-day injured list because of a right oblique strain.
Verdugo, 23, had been scratched from Monday night’s game due to what was described as back soreness. He has blossomed this season, hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 106 games, playing a bigger role than expected because of multiple injuries to free agent acquisition A.J. Pollock.
The Dodgers recalled left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson and infielder Edwin Rios from Triple-A Oklahoma City. They sent right-hander Tony Gonsolin — who pitched six scoreless inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in a spot start Monday — to Oklahoma City.
—The Detroit Tigers placed third baseman Jeimer Candelario on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained left thumb.
Candelario, 25, injured his hand Sunday during Detroit’s 9-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. On Monday he had X-rays that revealed no significant structural damage. He has just one hit in his past six games and is batting .198 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and 82 strikeouts in 73 games this season.
The Tigers recalled infielder Dawel Lugo from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.
—The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Jordan Luplow on the 10-day injured list and recalled outfielder Greg Allen from Triple-A Columbus.
Luplow, 25, injured his right hamstring Monday sliding into third with a stolen base during the seventh inning of Cleveland’s 1-0 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. He is batting .271 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs in 69 games in his first season with Cleveland.
Allen, 26, has split this season between Cleveland and Columbus. He has batted .230 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 45 games with the Indians and .268 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 48 games with the Clippers.
—Field Level Media