Bonifacio has been suspended 80 games for taking the banned substance Boldenone, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Bonifacio was projected to be something close to a full-time player in 2018, splitting time with Jorge Soler at right field and designated hitter. He hit .255/.320/.432 with 17 home runs in 113 games in his rookie season last year. The 80-game suspension leaves him eligible to return in late June.
Bonifacio is currently positioned to share time in right field and at DH with Jorge Soler, the Kansas City Star reports.
Last season as a rookie, Bonifacio hit .255/.320/.432 with 17 homers and 40 RBI along with 55 runs scored, but he graded out as a slightly below-average defender in the outfield. Somewhat surprisingly, Bonifacio was more effective against same-handed pitching in 2017, finishing with a 104 wRC+ against righties and an 85 wRC+ against lefties. Barring the addition of a more established veteran outfielder this spring, Bonifacio is on a path to exceed his playing time volume from last season, giving him an outside shot at eclipsing 20 homers in a rebuilding Kansas City lineup.
Bonifacio is out of the lineup Monday against the Tigers.
As August ended, it appeared Bonifacio may have been trending toward reclaiming a regular starting role amid Alex Gordon's offensive struggles, but any momentum on that front has since been stalled. Bonifacio will be on the bench for a third consecutive contest while Gordon, who still offers defensive value in the corner outfield, sticks in the starting lineup Monday.
Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Rays.
Playing time has been hard to come by for the rookie since the Royals picked up Melky Cabrera, but Bonifacio took advantage of his first start in four games. He's managed a .250/.294/.396 slash line in 48 at-bats through August with two homers and three RBI, but with the outfield set to get even more crowded in September, he'll have a tough time maintaining any kind of value outside of DFS and daily transaction formats down the stretch.
Bonifacio went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's 14-6 win over the White Sox.
Bonifacio took starter Derek Holland deep on a third-inning solo shot, then drove in another run with a single in the sixth before coming around to score later in the frame. The rookie right fielder's career high for home runs at any level was 19 in 134 games for Triple-A Omaha last year, but he's taken his power numbers to a new level with 15 long balls in just 88 games with the big club.
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|2012||AFX-Kane County Cougars||105||412||54||116||20||6||10||61||30||84||6||3||.336||.432||.282|
|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||25||93||15||28||7||0||2||19||11||23||2||1||.371||.441||.301|
|2013||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||54||206||32||61||11||3||2||29||23||40||0||2||.368||.408||.296|
|2014||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||132||505||49||116||20||4||4||51||50||127||8||3||.302||.309||.230|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||125||483||60||116||30||2||17||64||42||126||3||2||.305||.416||.240|