NEW YORK — Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello was suspended Friday for 80 games without pay after testing positive for the same anabolic steroid that caused Philadelphia pitcher Daniel Stumpf to be disciplined last week.

The commissioner’s office said Colabello tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is sold under the name Turinabol.

“On March 13, I got one of the scariest and most definitely the least-expected phone calls of my entire life. I was informed by the players’ association that a banned substance was found in my urine,” Colabello said in a statement. “I have spent every waking moment since that day trying to find an answer as to why or how?”

Colabello is hitting .069 (2 for 29) with one RBI this season.

“I would never compromise the integrity of the game of baseball,” Colabello said. “I am saddened more for the impact this will have on my teammates, the organization and the fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. I hope that before anyone passes judgment on me they can take a look at the man that I am, and everything that I have done to get to where I am in my career.”

A 32-year-old who also plays the outfield, Colabello spent eight seasons in the minor leagues before reaching the big leagues with Minnesota in 2013.


Toronto signed free agent outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league contract.

MARINERS: Ace Felix Hernandez was scratched from Friday night’s start against the Angels because of an illness.

RAYS: Tampa Bay is set to call up top pitching prospect Blake Snell to make his major league debut Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

ATHLETICS: The team placed infielder Danny Valencia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

UMPIRES: Ramon De Jesus become the first Dominican-born umpire to be on the field in a Major League Baseball game on Friday night.

De Jesus was the second base umpire in the Indians-Tigers game.

The 32-year-old De Jesus had been in the minors since 2009.

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