Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. is reportedly suspended for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy while nearing his return.
Any San Diego Padres Hearts have just been broken for fans anxiously awaiting the return of Fernando Tatis Jr. so he can join Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Manny Machado in a superstar line-up.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report Friday night that Tatis is being suspended after violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
FanSided’s Robert Murray added to the coverage, noting that Tatis will be banned for 80 games after testing positive for clostebol.
Fernando Tatis Jr has 80 games suspended for PED use
Tatis had been out all season after undergoing wrist surgery which has had an unusually long recovery time for him to still be out.
He had been making very good progress of late, beginning his rehab stint in the minor leagues where he performed well, increasing anticipation of his return among Padres fans.
Now that’s on hold as Tatis won’t play this season and early next as he serves his 80-game suspension.
The Padres released a statement following news of the suspension, saying the organization was “surprised and extremely disappointed” by the news.
Padres: When will Fernando Tatis Jr.’s suspension end?
There are 48 games left in the 2022 regular season, pending whether the suspension took effect Friday night before the Padres’ game against the Nationals. That would mean Tatis will then also miss a little more than the first month of the 2023 season due to this suspension.
Missing the rest of this year will surely add to the sting the most, however, as the young star, who joins the newly revamped lineup with Soto, Bell and even Brandon Drury, should give them a big boost in the postseason.
https://fansided.com/2022/08/12/fernando-tatis-jr-ped-suspension-padres/ Fernando Tatis Jr. faces long suspension for violating MLB PED policy