Fernando Tatis Jr. Apologizes To Padres, Fans For 80-Game Drug Suspension

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. apologized privately to his San Diego Padres teammates for testing constructive for a performance-enhancing drug, then publicly expressed regret for the 80-game suspension that may hold him off the sphere properly into subsequent season.

“I’m really sorry for my mistakes,” the star shortstop mentioned throughout a information convention within the Padres’ dugout on Tuesday.

“I’ve seen how my dreams have turned into my worst nightmares. There’s no other one to blame than myself. I haven’t made the right decisions in these past two weeks, month, even the start of the year. I made a mistake and I regret every single step I have taken,” the 23-year-old Tatis mentioned.

Tatis, one in every of baseball’s brightest stars, was suspended 80 video games on Aug. 12 after MLB mentioned he examined constructive for Clostebol, an anabolic steroid. Tatis initially mentioned he by chance took a medicine to deal with ringworm that contained the banned substance.

Requested concerning the ringworm story, Tatis provided a clarification, saying he had been coping with a pores and skin an infection for a while, took some medicine and examined constructive quickly after.

“There’s no excuses,” he mentioned. “I need to do a way better job knowing what is going inside my body.”

Tatis was getting shut to creating his season debut after rehabbing following surgical procedure on his fractured left wrist in mid-March. He was injured in a bike accident in early December in his native Dominican Republic.

Tatis mentioned he can have surgical procedure on his troublesome left shoulder as quickly as potential.

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