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Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for doping

Dominican shortstop tested positive for Clostebol

The star of the San Diego Padres Fernando Tatís Jr. was suspended for 80 games for testing positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s anti-doping policy.

Tatis Jr.’s suspension takes effect immediately, covering the remainder of the current season and part of the start of the following season, preventing him from making the playoffs.

“We were shocked and very 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, as a result, received an 80-game suspension without parole. salary”. he said Friday in a statement. “We fully support the program and hope Fernando learns from this experience.”

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

The Dominican shortstop is currently in minor league rehab after missing the first four months of the season with a broken left wrist.

After emerging as a star in his rookie season at age 20, Tatis III, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound shortstop whose power, speed and penchant for the spectacular won him legions of fans, finished fourth in the voting for 2020 NL MVP. Last year was even better, signing a record deal, finishing third in the MVP voting, and establishing himself as one of the best players in the major leagues.

The Padres tanked but had high hopes for 2022 after hiring Bob Melvin as their new manager. During the work stoppage that delayed spring training, Tatis broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident that required surgery. San Diego vowed to continue his rehab in stride and was looking forward to a strong season with a roster with Tatis at the helm, new acquisition Juan Soto hitting second and third baseman Manny Machado at third.

Tatis Jr.’s contract remains fully guaranteed for the next twelve seasons, during which he is owed $324 million. Tatis has a full no-trade clause through 2028. In 273 career games, Tatis is hitting .292/.369/.569 with 81 home runs, 192 RBI and 52 stolen bases.

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