Pablo Ozuna media circus about to begin

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Pablo Ozuna has been suspended for violating the PED policy:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that
Philadelphia Phillies Minor League infielder Pablo Ozuna has received a
50-game suspension after showing an elevated
Testosterone/Epitestosterone ratio, a performance-enhancing substance
violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Oh great. Now we’re going to get a week of moral outrage from
columnists and TV talking heads, awkward press conferences, and a
nation clamoring for an apology that will never come. And of course, we
get to relive it all in seven or eight years when Ozuna’s comes
eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Damn you, steroid scourge!! Damn you!!

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.