Pastor star Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s PED policy – The Washington Post

Pastor star Fernando Tatis Jr.  suspended 80 games for violating MLB's PED policy - The Washington Post

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San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and has been suspended 80 games, a punishment that ends his 2022 season, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

In a statement, the 23-year-old shortstop said he inadvertently treated ringworm with a drug that contained the banned substance Clostebol and that, after initially appealing the ruling, he decided to drop the appeal.

“I should have used the means available to ensure that no prohibited substance was in what I took. I failed to do that,” Tatis said in his statement. “I have no excuse for my mistake, and I would never do anything anything to cheat or disrespect this game that I love.”

Tatis has yet to appear in a game this season due to a wrist injury he suffered in an offseason motorcycle accident. He will be ineligible to play for the Padres if they make the postseason. San Diego are 16 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West but would own the recently created third NL wild card spot if the season ended on Friday.

“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 an 80-game suspension without pay,” the Padres said. in a statement. “We fully support the Program and hope that Fernando will learn from this experience.”

League policy dictates that clubs are not notified of a player’s positive test until the day that player is added to the restricted list, so the Padres did not know Tatis had tested positive when they struck a franchise-altering deal to acquire . Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline.

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At the time, that deal looked like a splash for a team deep in contention with its young superstar, Tatis, preparing to return from injury for the stretch run. In hindsight, Soto and Josh Bell will replace the needed production as the Padres try to make the long October run they and general manager AJ Preller. searched for most of the past decade.

Now Soto and Bell will anchor a Padres lineup that still features Manny Machado, a formidable heart of the order who looked poised to be dominant down the stretch but still hasn’t been: San Diego is 3-5 since trading Soto, including a sweep. at the hands of the Dodgers last week.

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When Tatis was healthy in the big leagues, he was explosive. Last season, despite battling a shoulder injury throughout, he led the league with 42 home runs at age 22. He was an MVP candidate in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

But after battling a shoulder problem late in 2021, Tatis returned from the lockout with a new problem his team couldn’t deal with while the players negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement: he broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident. His return was slower in coming than some had hoped, but seemed likely to arrive soon. He won’t be back until 2023.

This is a developing story has been updated.

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