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Bonifacio apologizes: 'I made a mistake'

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, suspended Saturday for 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, did not take questions from reporters Sunday morning but did speak briefly.

"I made a mistake," Bonifacio said. "And I take responsibility for the mistake I made. I want to say sorry to all the fans, to the team, the coaches, the GM and the owner of the team. I just want to keep working hard to help the team when I come back."

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, suspended Saturday for 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, did not take questions from reporters Sunday morning but did speak briefly.

"I made a mistake," Bonifacio said. "And I take responsibility for the mistake I made. I want to say sorry to all the fans, to the team, the coaches, the GM and the owner of the team. I just want to keep working hard to help the team when I come back."

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Spring Training information

Bonifacio was suspended for testing positive for boldenone, a steroid developed mainly for veterinary use.

Bonifacio, 24, will be allowed to continue to practice with the Royals this spring, then likely will remain in Arizona for extended spring camp. He will be eligible to be reinstated in early July but will be permitted a 15-day rehab assignment in the Minors prior to that.

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Nolasco: "I was getting bored"

Veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco, 35, signed as a non-roster invitee earlier in the week, said he was basically losing his patience sitting at home this offseason.

"It was very weird," he said. "We were talking to different teams and [the Royals] were the best fit. I was getting bored at home and wanted to get back into the routine."

Video: Nolasco on signing a Minor League deal with Royals

Nolasco started 33 games for the Angels last season and logged 181 innings. Still, the market for him was dry.

"Didn't see this coming," Nolasco said. "A lot of guys didn't see this coming. Definitely some things that need to be fixed [with free agency]. But I'm over it. I'm here."

Camp battles

• Not that there was a huge doubt, but right-hander Nathan Karns, coming off thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, appears to have proven he's all systems go for the rotation. Karns went three innings Sunday and gave up two runs but walked none and struck out four. His velocity hit 95-96 mph in the first inning.

"I probably need to take it down a notch and get a little more [late life] on it," Karns said.

Ramon Torres, battling for the utility infielder role, had a hit in the Royals' 3-1 loss to the Indians on Sunday. Torres raised his spring average to .381.

Injury update

Outfielder Paulo Orlando is out three to six days because of a grade one hamstring strain that occurred while lunging for a line drive Saturday.

Infielder Adalberto Mondesi continues to sit out with what now is being described as a shoulder impingement. He is able to take batting practice but will not throw until later in the week. He is scheduled to DH on Monday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Up next

The Royals will play a rare day-night doubleheader Monday at Surprise Stadium. At 2:05 p.m. CT, the Royals will play the Padres as right-hander Jakob Junis takes the mound. Right-handers Blaine Boyer, Sam Gaviglio, Seth Maness and Kevin McCarthy also are expected to throw.

At 8:05 p.m. CT, the Royals will play the Rangers with Rule 5 right-hander Burch Smith set to start. Righties Miguel Almonte and Trevor Oaks and lefties Tim Hill and Eric Stout also are expected to throw. This game will be on MLB.TV.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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