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Reds not giving up on Duran during suspension

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 13:41:57-05
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -  Outfielder Juan Duran, suspended for 80 games for violating the Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy, is in Reds camp.
 
Duran will go from spring training to extended spring training. 
 
“That’s a tough situation,” manager Bryan Price said. “It’s a tough situation because you want to send the right message. The choice he made was not a good one. In the same respect, he’s still our player. We’ve handled our side of that internally, and now it’s getting back to playing baseball. 
 
“He’s still a baseball player, albeit a suspended one. We want him to continue to develop. He made really good strides last year. We have to separate ourselves from his choices and his development as a player and keep getting him out there and keep giving him an opportunity to get better.
 
"A lot of that’s going to be stuff in the pre-game and the early workouts. He’s not going to get as much playing time as the other guys here competing for a spot on the team. Beyond the obvious choice that he made, the repercussions will be there are guys ahead of him getting much more opportunity here in spring training.”