Curve’s career saves leader suspended 50 games

Montana DuRapau, the Curve’s career saves leader, was suspended Friday for the first 50 games of the 2018 season for a second violation of baseball’s minor league drug policy.

DuRapau tested positive for a drug of abuse, according to the commissioner’s office, meaning it was not a performance-enhancing substance.

The 25-year-old DuRapau spent parts of the past three seasons with the Curve as a reliever and was highly effective. He recorded 22 saves in 2016 and 14 more last season to give him the franchise career record with 36.

DuRapau went 2-2 with a 1.49 ERA to go along with the 14 saves for Altoona last season. He then was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he went 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA and one save in 15 appearances.

Though the right-hander finished last season in Triple-A and might have started the upcoming season there, it’s possible he could return to the Curve once his suspension is over this year.

DuRapau was a 32nd-round draft pick in 2014 and has defied the odds for that low draft spot by putting together an impressive minor league career. In three seasons, he has gone 14-8 with a 2.22 ERA and 52 saves.

Bonifay to Astros

Former Curve standout Josh Bonifay will be the minor league field coordinator for the Houston Astros this season.

Bonifay spent last season as the major league field coordinator in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers but is returning to work in the Astros’ organization, where he previously served as a minor league manager.