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.
BREAKING: Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. violated Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy and is facing a suspension, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 12, 2022
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.
MLB announces Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Clostebol, a PED as @JeffPassan said. Stunning development.
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) August 12, 2022
UPDATE: Fernando Speaks
The shortstop issued a statement through the MLBPA.
The Major League Baseball Players Association issued the following statement on behalf of Fernando Tatis, Jr.: pic.twitter.com/gCNVcs0a5Y
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) August 12, 2022
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.