Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended for 80 video games

Tatis’ suspension, which MLB introduced Friday night, places him out for the remainder of the season and the primary 32 video games subsequent yr.

“We were surprised 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,” the Padres mentioned in an announcement Friday. “We fully support the Program and are hopeful that Fernando will learn from this experience.”

Tatis, who has missed the Padres’ first 114 video games due to a wrist damage, had not too long ago began a rehabilitation stint within the minors and had appeared poised to quickly be a part of the Padres’ lineup. In 2021, Tatis hit a league-leading 42 dwelling runs and had 97 RBIs whereas ending third within the voting for Nationwide League Most Invaluable Participant.

Following the announcement of his suspension, the MLB Gamers Affiliation launched an announcement on behalf of Tatis.

“It turns out that I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol,” Tatis mentioned. “I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so.”

Tatis apologized to the Padres’ group, the league and followers in his assertion, calling what he did “my mistake.”

“I have no excuse for my error, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect this game I love,” Tatis mentioned.

“I have taken countless drug tests throughout my professional career, including on March 29, 2022, all of which have returned negative results until this test.

“I’m utterly devastated. There’s nowhere else on the planet I’d moderately be than on the sphere competing with my teammates. After initially interesting the suspension, I’ve realized that my mistake was the reason for this consequence, and for that cause I’ve determined to start out serving my suspension instantly. I stay up for rejoining my teammates on the sphere in 2023.”

In 2021, Tatis reportedly signed a 14-year contract price $340 million.

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.