Padres star Tatis suspended 80 games for positive drug test

NEW YORK — San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the brightest, hottest new stars in all of Major League Baseball, was suspended Friday 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The penalty imposed by MLB was effective immediately, meaning that Dynamic Shortstop cannot run in majors this year. He would not play the remaining 48 regular-season games this season and the first 32 games next year.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler, whose team lost two of three to Tatis-Les Padres and entered games 7.5 on Friday night after San Diego for the third and final NL wild-card spot, said “not really”. When asked whether suspension affects his race scene.

“The team we just played for is good enough to win a ton of baseball games down the stretch.”

Word of the suspension, however, spread “like wildfire” through the Giants clubhouse, one player said. Another player wondered whether it was appropriate that the suspension would begin immediately.

Tatis is working back from a season-long injury and was still days or weeks away from returning to action. By introducing the suspension immediately, it reduces the number of games he will miss the next season.

Charming at plate and field, 23-year-old Tatis was an All-Star last season, when he led the National League with 42 home runs. He did not play this season after breaking a wrist in Spring Training.

MLB said Tatis tested positive for clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.

“It has been learned that I inadvertently took a medication to treat shingles containing Clostebol,” Tatis said in a statement issued by the players’ union. “I should have used the resources available to me to make sure that nothing I took contained any banned substances. I failed to do so.”

“I have no excuse for my mistake, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect the game,” he said, adding, “I am utterly devastated.”

Freddy Galvis and de Gordon are among the first major leaguers to be suspended for using clostebol, an anabolic steroid that can be used for ophthalmology and dermatology use. 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 on the injured list this season after breaking his left wrist in mid-March. He recently began a rehab assignment in Double-A and playoff contenders the Padres were hopeful he could make a comeback and increase his chances down the stretch.

“We were shocked 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. ,” said the Padres. a statement. “We fully support the program and hope that Fernando will learn from this experience.”

The Padres traded in for star outfielder Juan Soto earlier this month to boost their chances for a deep run in October. He hoped that a lineup that included Soto, Tatis and Manny Machado 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 a significant piece.

The fine would cost Tatis about $2.9 million.

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. “After initially appealing the suspension, I realized that my mistake was the cause of this consequence, and for this reason I have decided to immediately begin serving my suspension. I look forward to reuniting with my teammates on the field in 2023.”

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

Reporter Evan Weibeck for Bay Area newsgroup Giants contributed to this report.

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