Scandal in the MLB: Dominican Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended for 80 games for testing positive for banned substances

Tatis Jr. is in his second year of a 14-year contract with the San Diego Padres. Photo: Denis Poroy / Taken from Getty Images.

San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for Clostebol. This is a substance that is part of those prohibited by the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program of Major League Baseball, since it improves sports performance.

The decision communicated by MLB itself comes into effect from this Friday and The 23-year-old Dominican baseball player will miss the remainder of the 2022 season and the first 42 challenges of the 2023 campaign. A stain that he will not be able to erase from his young sports career.

“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 subsequently received an 80-game unpaid suspension. ”, communicated the San Diego organization when learning what happened with its shortstop.

In addition to that, they could not buts or appeals in this regard: “We fully support the Program and we hope that Fernando learns from this experience,” they added.

San Diego will pay a staggering $340 million in a signed 14-year deal with Fernando Tatis Jr. They are building the team’s future around this versatile shortstop, with offensive support from third baseman Manny Machado and newly acquired Juan Soto. to assemble the true dream team.

Tatis Jr. is coming off a 2021 season with an offensive average of .282 after connecting 135 hits in 178 at-bats, scoring 99 runs, driving in 97 runs and hitting 42 home runs. However, in 2022 the Padres have not been able to enjoy him because he had an accident on a motorcycle, broke his wrist and had to undergo surgery.

The intention of the organization was that he could fully recover and contribute at the end of this season with a view to the playoffs. Now any option to compete will go through the bats of Machado and Soto, also Dominicans.

In the big tent, Tatis Jr. has 81 home runs, 192 RBIs and 52 stolen bases. He is a complete player who will have to recover from this situation to contribute to San Diego.

(Information from The NY Journal)



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