Padres’ Tatis banned 80 games for PED violation

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Tatis’ suspension, announced by MLB on Friday, is effective immediately, meaning the All-Star shortstop can’t play in the majors this year. In a statement, Tatis said he was not appealing the ban because it was his “mistake” that led to the positive test.

“Turns out I inadvertently took a ringworm medication that contained Clostebol,” Tatis said. “I should have used the resources I had to make sure no banned substances were in what I took. I didn’t.

“I want to apologize to Peter [Seidler]A J [Preller], the entire Padres organization, my teammates, Major League Baseball and fans around the world for my mistake. I have no excuse for my mistake, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect this game I love. I have taken countless drug tests throughout my professional career, including March 29, 2022, all of which have been negative until this test.

“I am completely devastated. There is no other place in the world I would rather be than on the pitch competing with my teammates. After initially appealing the suspension, I realized my mistake was the cause of this result, and for this reason, I have decided to start serving my suspension immediately. I look forward to joining my teammates on the pitch in 2023.”

Tatis was in minor league rehabilitation after missing the first four months of the season with a broken left wrist, following a motorcycle accident that required surgery. He will now be on the shortlist for the Padres’ final 48 regular season games. All postseason games the Padres play this season will count toward Tatis’ 80-game total. The remainder of the suspension will be served at the start of the 2023 season.

Padres general manager AJ Preller called the suspension “very disappointing” and said the team hoped to see more maturity in their young star.

“He is someone in whom, from an organizational point of view, we have invested time and money. When he is on the pitch, he makes the difference. You have to learn from the situations”, Preller told reporters. “We were hoping that from the offseason to now there would be some maturity, and obviously with the news today it’s more of a pattern and it’s something we need to dig into a bit more. … “I’m sure he’s very disappointed. But at the end of the day, it’s one thing to say it. You have to start showing it with your actions.”

Preller added: “I think what we have to achieve is a moment that we trust [him]. In the last six or seven months, that’s something we haven’t really been able to have there.

“I think from our perspective he’s obviously a great talent, he’s a guy we have a lot of history with and believe in, but those things only work when there’s strength. two-way trust.”

Freddy Galvis and Dee Gordon are among the major leaguers previously suspended for using Clostebol, an anabolic steroid that can be used for ophthalmological and dermatological purposes. It is also banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and Olympic gold medalist cross-country skier Therese Johaug was suspended in 2016 after testing positive.

Preller said he discovered the suspension late Friday afternoon. He said he hadn’t spoken to Tatis yet, but had seen his player’s statement.

“Again, that’s his story. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it yet. Ultimately, that’s his explanation,” Preller said. drug policy in place. He failed a drug test. For whatever reason.”

“At the end of the day, he’s suspended and can’t play. That’s the most important thing. It’s a player’s responsibility to make sure he respects that. He wasn’t. At the end of the day, he supports that and wants to make sure he understands that,” he said.

MLB said the suspension will also prevent Tatis from playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Tatis, 23, is one of MLB’s biggest stars, the centerpiece of several marketing campaigns and in the second season of a 14-year, $340 million contract.

After emerging as a star in his rookie season at age 20, Tatis, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound shortstop whose power, speed and penchant for the spectacular won him legions of fans, has finished fourth in National League MVP voting in his second campaign. Last year he was even better, signing the record deal, finishing third in MVP voting and solidifying himself as one of the best players in the game.

The Padres fell apart in the aftermath but had high hopes for 2022 after hiring Bob Melvin as their new manager. During the lockout that delayed spring training, Tatis fractured his wrist in a motorcycle accident. San Diego vowed to take its rehabilitation slowly and was brimming with anticipation of a lineup with Tatis leading, new acquisition Juan Soto hitting second and third baseman Manny Machado hitting third.

The penalty was announced shortly before the Padres played in Washington. San Diego started the day 63-51 and held the final three NL wildcard spots.

The suspension will cost Tatis a maximum of $2.9 million. Tatis will lose $1,510,989 of his $5 million salary this year, covering the final 55 days and 48 games of the season. He will lose an estimated $1.39 million of his $7 million salary for the first 32 games next season, with the exact number to be determined by the number of days he misses.

In 273 career games, Tatis hit .292/.369/.569 with 81 homers, 192 RBIs and 52 stolen bases.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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