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Nik Turley suspended 80 games for PED usage

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Pirates’ lefty Nik Turley has been suspended 80 games due to a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance:

The Pirates claimed Turley off waivers from Minnesota back in November. He’s a 28-year-old lefty with good velocity who moved to the bullpen in 2016 and had a good year in AAA in 2017, with a 10.5 K/9. I’m not sure what his role would have been, as he’s on the 40-man roster but has no options left.

Turley is the second Pirate reliever to receive a suspension recently. Montana DuRapau was suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.