Right-hander Michael Kopech, who was a Red Sox first-round draft pick last year out of a Texas high school, has been suspended 50 games following a positive test for the stimulant Oxilofrine.
Selected with the 33rd overall pick the Red Sox received as compensation for losing Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees via free agency, Kopech was pitching for low Single-A Greenville with a 2.63 ERA and 70/27 K/BB ratio in 65 innings as a starter.
Kopech will miss the remainder of the minor-league season. He signed for a $1.5 million bonus.
LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.
Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.
The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.