MLB News: Injured Padres Star Fernando Tatis Suspended for Rest of 2022 and Beyond

In a stunning development, the MLB world was shocked by the suspension of San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for violating the league’s PED policy. With that, Tatis will be suspended for 80 games, which ends his 2022 season and eats up part of the 2023 season.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan was among those to report with Passan on it first.

Tatis has missed all of this year so far while recovering from an offseason motorcycle accident he didn’t — and couldn’t — report to the Padres. He couldn’t because of the CBA lockout that spilled into March of this year.

Unfortunately for Padres fans, the shortstop was on the precipice of returning from the injured list. He began a minor league rehabilitation assignment just last week and was set to rejoin the San Diego roster in the next week to 10 days. Now, his season is done before it even started.

As has been reported, Tatis was suspended after a drug test found traces of Clostebol, a type of testosterone.

UPDATE: Fernando Speaks

The shortstop issued a statement through the MLBPA.

The Padres had just fortified their roster for a deep postseason run with the acquisition of star outfielder Juan Soto at the trade deadline. The Dodgers were, of course, in the mix for Soto’s services but opted not to give in to Washington’s high asking price.

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More news and reactions to come on this developing story.

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  1. Fun episode. No Soto, no no no. I don’t know why everyone thinks he is the next Ted Williams. He is a .250 hitter this year; yeah, he had better years earlier – but so did Bellinger. You look at their “big three” and you see three “I’m the best there is, can’t you see it?” prima donnas. You already see that now that Tatis has been suspended for PEDs, you see Machado’s lazy attitude, and SOTO passing on a billionaire offer. Attitude matters. Freeman was a much more valuable addition, and Turner, and Betts. All team guys. And if they really want Soto? He is available in a couple of years.