Fernando Tatis Jr. Suspended 80 Games for PED Violation

On the verge of returning to motion after wrist surgical procedure that had saved him out all season, Fernando Tatis Jr., the 23-year-old star shortstop and outfielder of the San Diego Padres, has been suspended for 80 video games for a violation of Major League Baseball’s drug prevention and remedy program.

In the announcement of the suspension, M.L.B. specified that Tatis had examined constructive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance that could be a artificial anabolic-androgenic steroid. As the Padres have fewer than 80 video games remaining this season, Tatis’s 12 months is over earlier than it began.

For San Diego, the suspension is a big blow to a workforce that made a splash on the buying and selling deadline by buying a number of new gamers, together with Juan Soto, a 23-year-old famous person outfielder. While the workforce has itself in place for a wild-card spot even with out Tatis, the return of their younger star — who the workforce signed to a 14-year $340 million contract final 12 months — had been anticipated so as to add one more jolt of their hopes of contending for the primary World Series title in franchise historical past.

With the 80-game suspension, Tatis immediately turns into among the many most outstanding gamers to face a penalty throughout M.L.B.’s testing period. Other stars to have confronted suspensions included Manny Ramirez in 2009 (50 video games) and 2011 (100 video games), Miguel Tejada in 2013 (105 video games) and Alex Rodriguez in 2014 (162 video games).

More not too long ago, Robinson Canó served an 80-game suspension for a violation of the coverage in 2018 after which was banned for a full 12 months in 2020.

Tatis, whose father was additionally a significant leaguer, was an All-Star final season when he led the National League with 42 dwelling runs. He injured his wrist in a bike accident over the low season, and when it didn’t heal correctly he obtained surgical procedure on it throughout spring coaching. At the time, he was anticipated to be out for three months or extra.

On a rehab task within the minors this week, Tatis had extensively been anticipated to return to the Padres subsequent week.

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