Padres star Tatis suspended 80 games for positive drug test

Washington — San Diego Padres Dynamo Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the brightest, freshest stars in all of Major League Baseball, was suspended Friday 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance and will not play this season. .

MLB said Tatis tested positive for the anabolic steroid clostebol. Tatis said he accidentally took a drug to treat shingles that contained a banned substance.

The penalty imposed by MLB was effective immediately, meaning the All-Star shortstop – who was ruled out of the entire season due to a broken wrist but was expected to return to playoff contenders next week – would be in the majors until next year. can’t play

Tatis will miss the remaining 48 regular-season games this year. Any post-season game played by the Padres would count towards 80, which Tatis would have to sit out, and he would serve the remaining suspension at the start of the next season.

Padres star Manny Machado, after his 10-5 win over Washington, “shocked everyone.”

The 23-year-old Tatis, who signed a $340 million, 14-year contract ahead of the 2021 season, became one of the most prominent players to have been punished for performance-enhancing drugs, along with Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. The fine would cost Tatis about $2.9 million.

MLB said the suspension would also prevent Tatis from playing for the Dominican Republic at next March’s World Baseball Classic.

“Obviously, everyone is very disappointed. Someone that from an organization’s point of view we have invested time and money,” said AJ Preller, general manager of the Padres at National Park, where San Diego played Washington.

Charming at plate and field, Tatis was an All-Star last season, when he led the National League with 42 home runs. He was soon set to rejoin the Padres to promote a lineup that added star outfielder Juan Soto just before the trade deadline this month.

In a statement released by the players’ union, Tatis said he was “absolutely devastated” and apologized to Padres management, his teammates, MLB and “and fans everywhere for my mistake.”

He said, “It turns out that I had inadvertently taken a medication to treat shingles containing clostebol. I should have used the resources available to me to make sure that I took what I took.” There is no banned substance. I failed to do so.”

“I have no excuse for my mistake, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect this game that I love,” he said.

Tatis stated that “After initially appealing the suspension, I realized that the reason for this result was my fault, and for this reason I have decided to immediately begin serving my suspension. I will be able to meet my teammates on the field in 2023.” Looking forward to reconnecting with you.”

Freddie Galvis and de Strange-Gordon are among the first major leaguers suspended for using Clostebol, which can be used for ophthalmology and dermatology uses. It is also banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Olympic gold medal-winning cross-country skier Therese Johag was suspended in 2016 after testing positive for it.

Tatis was the seventh player suspended this year under the Major League Drug Program. 33 have been suspended under the minor league drug program.

Players who test positive for PED are ineligible for the season after that year.

Preller said he learned of the suspension late Friday afternoon. He said he has not spoken to Tatis yet, but has seen his player’s statement.

“Again, that’s his story. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it yet. Ultimately that’s his explanation,” Preller said. “I think the biggest thing from our point of view, from the point of view of baseball From, there is a drug policy. He failed a drug screen. for whatever reason.”

“Ultimately, he’s suspended and can’t play. That’s the biggest thing. It’s the player’s responsibility to make sure he complies. He wasn’t. Ultimately backing it up and wanting to make sure that he Understand it,” he said.

The son of a former big league player, Tatis made his MLB debut in 2019 and quickly became a hit on the field and with fans. He has a career .965 ops and has played in shortstop and outfield.

Tatis became one of the biggest MLB players suspended for PED since the trial began with penalties in 2004, including Rodriguez (2014 season), Ramirez (50 games in 2009 and 100 games in 2011), Robinson Cano (2018). and 80 games in the 2020 season). and Miguel Tejada (105 games in 2013).

Tatis was on the injured list this season after breaking his left wrist – the accident believed to have been caused in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic in December. He had surgery in mid-March.

“I think we are hoping that there will be some maturity by now from the off-season. Obviously with today’s news this is a pattern and something that we have to dig into a little bit more,” Preller said.

“I bet he is very disappointed. At the end of the day, it is one thing to say. You have to start showing it with your actions,” he said.

Preller said: “I think the time we need to reach is when we rely on[him]. During the last six or seven months, it’s something that we don’t really have been able to.”

“I think from our point of view, of course he’s a great talent, he’s someone we have a lot of history with and we believe in him, but these things only work if there’s trust in both ways.” “

On August 6, Tatis began a minor rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio. He had scored 2 for 9 in four matches with a double and a triple.

The Padres traded for Soto in the hopes of making a run in October. They figured out a roster that included Soto, Tatis and Machado that could give them a better chance at the first World Series championship in the team’s history – now, they have to make that effort without one of those key pieces.

“Hearing that he’s going to be suspended for 80 games and not be part of what we’re trying to achieve here is something you don’t want to hear before a game and don’t want to hear overall . It’s just a terrible thing,” Machado said.

“We were waiting for him to get back and have a sparkplug for him,” he said.

Added manager Bob Melvin: “It’s a shock to us. … I am glad that we exceeded the deadline.”

Tatis will not be able to play in the WBC until early next year. Dominican fans were salivating at the prospect of seeing a grueling lineup including Tetis, Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Rafael Devers and Jose Ramirez.

Tatis will lose $1,510,989 of his $5 million salary this year, which will cover the final 55 days and 48 games of the season. For the first 32 games of the next season, he would lose about $1.39 million out of his $7 million salary, with the exact number determined by how many days he missed.

“There is nowhere else in the world that I am competing with my teammates on the field,” Tatis said.

“I have taken countless drug tests throughout my professional career, including March 29, 2022, all of which have returned negative results up to this test,” he said.

The penalty was announced shortly before the Padres played Washington. San Diego started the day 63–51 and captured three NL wild-card spots in the final.

Preller said the team had about 15 minutes to talk about Tatis’ suspension before taking the field.

“We don’t have (Tatis) for this season, so it’s not like we’ve had him in the lineup and now we won’t,” Preller said. “I think for a man everyone in that clubhouse believes we can win. They know we can win. Never been about a player.”

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