San Diego Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was banned from 80 games for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced in a statement Friday that Tatis has been banned from 80 games without pay after testing positive for Clostebol, an illegal substance under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
“It turned out that I accidentally took a drug to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol,” Tatis said Friday in a statement shared on Twitter by the Major League Baseball Players Association. “I should have used the resources at my disposal to make sure there were no banned substances in it. I didn’t.”
The suspension takes effect immediately.
Although Tatis said he is “devastated”, the 2021 All-Star said he has “no excuse” for his mistake and stated he will not appeal his suspension.
“Nowhere in the world would I rather be than competing on the field with my teammates,” he wrote. “After initially appealing the suspension, I realized that my mistake was the cause of this result and for that reason I have decided to sit out my suspension with immediate effect. I look forward to being back on the field in 2023. field with my teammates.”
Tatis had surgery on his left wrist in March and has yet to play in 2022. Tatis would return sometime this season, but the suspension will end his year. He will miss the remaining 48 regular season games this season and the first 32 games next year.
In his statement, Tatis apologized to the Padres organization, his teammates, the league and baseball fans everywhere, adding, “I would never do anything to cheat or respect this game that I love.”
The Padres organization said it was “extremely disappointed” with Tatis’ positive drug test.
“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 was subsequently given an 80-game suspension without payment,” the Padres said. in a statement. a statement. “We fully support the program and hope Fernando will learn from this experience.”
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Under the policy of the MLB Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a player who tests positive for a performance-enhancing substance will be banned from 80 games. A second violation will result in a suspension equal to the total number of matches of the championship season in the competition. A third violation results in a permanent ban.
“I have undergone numerous drug tests during my professional career, including on March 29, 2022, all of which have yielded negative results to this test,” Tatis said.
The fine will cost Tatis approximately $2.9 million. Tatis will lose $1,510,989 of his $5 million salary this year, for the last 55 days and 48 games of the season. He will lose approximately $1.39 million of his $7 million salary for the first 32 games of next season, the exact number being determined by the number of days he misses.
Tatis signed a 14-year contract worth $340 million before the 2021 season.
The 23-year-old shortstop is on the list of injuries all season after he reportedly injured his left wrist in an off-season motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic. Tatis had recently embarked on a rehabilitation assignment in Double-A and the Padres battling the playoffs hoped he would return and boost their chances in the long run.
The news of Tatis’ suspension comes as Juan Soto returns to Washington for the first time since he was traded from the Nationals to the Padres earlier this month.
Clostebol is an anabolic steroid that can be used for ophthalmic and dermatological use. Freddy Galvis and Dee Gordon are among the major players previously banned for using Clostebol, which is also banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Olympic gold medal winning cross-country skier Therese Johaug was banned in 2016 after testing positive for it.
Contributions: The Associated Press