Ciuffo (suspension, head) was optioned to minor-league camp Friday, Maureen Mullen of MLB.com reports.
The 22-year-old backstop would have been unable to participate in any more spring training games with the big-league club due to the limitations of his suspension, so the move wasn't unexpected in the least. Ciuffo could eventually suit up for Double-A Montgomery for a second consecutive season when he finishes serving his 50-game ban of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Ciuffo (suspension, head) won't be able to play in any more official spring training games after Major League Baseball clarified a policy regarding the eligibility of suspended players, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 22-year-old is still in the process of recovering from the head injury he sustained off a backswing in last Thursday's exhibition against the Orioles, but even when he gains clearance, he won't be able to play in any official spring training contests. MLB clarified that only players facing suspensions of 40 games or fewer can suit up for spring training games in which admission is charged. Ciuffo's 50-game ban for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program thus bars him from participation.
Ciuffo (suspension, head) is on track to be a designated hitter in a simulated game Tuesday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Ciuffo, who will be suspended the first 50 games of the season for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, was carted off the field Thursday after a backswing caught him in the head. The official diagnosis was simply a laceration on his head, so it appears he only needs a few days off to rest before getting back at it.
Ciuffo (suspension) was carted off the field Thursday after getting hit in the head by a backswing, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ciuffo spent a bit of time on the ground before finally exiting on a cart, which makes it seem like the issue is rather serious. No word has come forth as to what the actual injury is, but more information should emerge once the training staff gets a better look at him. Regardless of his health, he'll be out until at least late May anyway due to a 50-game suspension he received early in February.
Ciuffo was suspended for 50 games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
The suspension followed Ciuffo's second positive test for a drug of abuse. The 2013 first-round pick spent the entirety of 2017 at Double-A Montgomery.
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