Main League Baseball suspended Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 video games Friday for violating Main League Baseball’s joint drug settlement.
“We had been stunned and intensely disenchanted to be taught as we speak that Fernando Tatis Jr. examined constructive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Main League Baseball’s Joint Prevention and Therapy Program and subsequently acquired an 80-game suspension with out pay,” a press release from the Padres learn.
The group added that “we totally help this system and are hopeful that Fernando will be taught from this expertise.”
Tatis, 23, examined constructive for the performance-enhancing drug Clostebol, coming simply days after he performed 4 video games in Double-A ball on rehab project. Although he has missed the entire 2022 season up to now, he had been set to rejoin the Padres quickly, as supervisor Bob Melvin had estimated a mid-August timeframe for Tatis to play.
Tatis, a 2021 All-Star, signed a 14-year, $340 million contract extension with the Padres final yr.
Tatis, in a press release issued by the MLB Gamers Affiliation, mentioned he was “fully devastated” by the suspension. He known as his use of the PED a mistake – he defined that he inadvertently used a drug for ringworm that contained Clostebol. He additionally mentioned he has handed all his different drug exams throughout his brief profession.
He added that he had opted to enchantment the suspension, however wished to come clean with his mistake. He mentioned he ought to have “used the sources accessible to me” to find out if the drug he deliberate to make use of had any banned substances in it.
“I’ve no excuse for my error and I might by no means do something to cheat or disrespect this sport that I like,” he mentioned, whereas apologizing to group proprietor Peter Seidler, government A.J. Preller, the Padres group, his teammates and followers.
He missed the primary half of this season with a fractured wrist stemming from a motorbike accident within the offseason. The suspension will run by the remainder of the 2022 season – there are about 40 video games remaining within the common season, then the postseason – and into subsequent yr.
The infielder has established himself in simply three years within the league as a charismatic expertise, however he has missed quite a few video games as a result of accidents, together with to his again and shoulder. He has hit .292 in his profession, with 81 house runs and 195 RBIs.
– Workers and wire experiences