Padres Star Tatis Suspended 80 Games For Positive Drug Test

NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended 80 video games by Main League Baseball on Friday after testing optimistic for a performance-enhancing substance.

The penalty was efficient instantly, which means the All-Star shortstop can not play within the majors this 12 months.

Tatis had been on the injured listing all season after breaking his left wrist in spring coaching. He just lately had begun a rehabilitation project in Double-A and the playoff-contending Padres hoped he might return and increase their probabilities down the stretch.

MLB mentioned Tatis examined optimistic for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.

“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. “We fully support the program and are hopeful that Fernando will learn from this experience.”

The 23-year-old Tatis was an All-Star final season. Flashy on the plate and within the discipline, he was thought-about one of many vibrant, recent faces of huge league baseball.

The Padres traded for star outfielder Juan Soto earlier this month to spice up their probabilities for a deep run into October.