On Friday, Major League Baseball announced that Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. would be suspended for 80 games without pay for breaching the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Tatis was found to have elevated levels of Clostebol, a drug banned by the league.
Following Tatis’s suspension, the Padres issued a statement late on Friday.
According to the statement, the team was “surprised and deeply disappointed” to learn that Tatis Jr. had tested positive for a PED in violation of MLB’s Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and had been handed an 80-game suspension without pay as a result.
We are confident that Fernando will grow as a result of this program, which has our full backing.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 12, 2022
Through the MLBPA, Tatis issued his statement as well.
Major League Baseball informed me that a sample I gave tested positive for Clostebol, a banned substance,” Tatis said in his statement.
“I accidentally took a ringworm treatment that contains Clostebol. I should have used the tools at my disposal to make sure that nothing I ingested contained any illegal chemicals.
The task was beyond me, and I failed miserably.
“I would want to extend my sincerest apologies to Peter and AJ and the rest of the Padres organization, my teammates, MLB, and all of baseball’s fans.
There’s no justification for my mistake, and I’d never do something dishonorable to the game I so like. In the course of my employment, I have been subjected to several drug tests, the most recent of which was on March 29, 2022.
As you might imagine, this has left me in shambles. On the field, competing with my teammates is the only place I’d rather be.
I first appealed the suspension but now see that my error was the root of the problem and am ready to begin serving the punishment immediately. In 2023, I hope to be able to get back out there and play with my squad.
The Padres’ standout shortstop has spent the entire year recovering from a left wrist fracture sustained in a motorbike accident before the start of the season.
Tatis’s minor league rehab stint with Double-A San Antonio started not too long ago. With him, Manny Machado, and the newly acquired Juan Soto in the outfield, the Padres’ middle-of-the-order should be formidable as they pursue a playoff spot in the National League.
Tatis is only the third player in the expansion era (since 1961) to finish in the top three for MVP voting yet miss the entire following season, as reported by ESPN Stats & Information.
He follows in the footsteps of Sandy Koufax, who retired after the 1966 season, and Moises Alou, who missed the 1999 season with a ruptured ACL.
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