Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for PED violation

Talk about a Friday news dump.

MLB dropped a bombshell Friday night, announcing an 80-game suspension for San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for violating the league’s drug policy.

The league’s press release says Tatis Jr. tested positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.

“We were surprised and extremely disappointed to learn today that Fernando Tatis Jr. tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and subsequently received a suspension. of 80 games without pay,” said the Fathers Read. “We fully support the program and hope Fernando learns from this experience.”

Tatis Jr. released his own statement saying he “inadvertently” took the banned substance, adding that he is “completely devastated” and will serve the suspension immediately.

Tatis Jr. had yet to take the field for the 2022 season, recovering from surgery in March to repair a broken wrist.

The 23-year-old had made good progress towards a comeback. Tatis had just started a rehab mission with Double-A San Antonio last week.

In 14 plate appearances, Tatis went 2 for 10 with a double, a triple and four walks.

After acquiring All-Stars Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Josh Hader at the deadline, the Brothers were no doubt eager to add Tatis Jr. to their roster. Now, they will have to wait until 2023 to see their star shortstop back on the field.

San Diego currently holds the third and final wild card in the NL spot, with a 63-51 record. However, the Milwaukee Brewers trail just one game, 60-50 on the year.

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