Choi served a 50-game suspension after testing positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance. He was activated Monday. Kohlscheen posted a 2.25 ERA in 32 innings of relief this season at Double-A.
"A banned substance was detected in my urine sample," Choi said, per the Tacoma News Tribune. "I do not know what I could have taken that caused me to test positive. I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance."
Five players were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, including infielders
Six players were re-assigned to minor-league camp, including infielders Ty Kelly and Nate Tenbrik, catcher Mike Dowd and pitchers Logan Kensing, Matt Palmer and Nick Hill.
"They're all tough," manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com Tuesday. "Any time you've got to tell a young man that his dream is not going to come to fruition at this particular time, that's tough. They all work hard, they give us all they've got. I was very pleased. Like I told all of them, it wasn't performance based. The numbers are such that we have to start moving guys out, but their performances will not be forgotten, and at some point, they'll be back."
Choi hit .295/.394/.535 with 18 home runs and 85 RBI in 424 at-bats across three levels last season. Romero hit .277/.331/.448 with 11 home runs and 74 RBI in 375 at-bats with Triple-A Tacoma. Jones hit .275/.347/.419 with six home runs, 46 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 363 at-bats with Double-A Jackson.
Bawcom went 1-4 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 64:24 K:BB ratio in 65 innings over 51 appearances with Triple-A Tacoma.
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