NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — San Diego Padres dynamic player Fernando Tatis Jr., widely regarded as one of the most prolific young stars in the major leagues, was suspended Friday for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. went.
Major League Baseball reported that Tatis tested positive for clostebol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Tatis said he had accidentally taken this drug, in medicine to treat a yeast infection.
The ban took effect immediately, meaning the Dominican shortstop will not play in the majors again this season. He will not be able to play the remaining 48 matches of this season and the first 32 matches of next season.
Tatis was an All-Star last season, when he led the National League with 42 home runs.
He did not play a single match this season after breaking his left wrist, apparently in a motorcycle accident in his country. In mid-March, he had surgery in the middle of the preseason.
He recently started playing in Double A to complete the last phase of his recovery.
“It has been learned that I inadvertently took a shingles medication that contained clostebol,” Tatis said in a statement issued by the players’ union. “I should have used the resources available to make sure that everything I took didn’t contain any banned substances. I couldn’t do it… I have no excuse for my mistake and I can’t play this game.” I would never do anything to deceive or disrespect what I love.”
Tatis, who signed a $340 million, 14-year deal ahead of the 2021 season, is now one of the most famous players to face a performance-enhancing drug ban, along with Alex Rodriguez, or countryman Manny Ramirez.
The Chiefs pointed out that the acceptance also marginalizes Tatis from the Dominican Republic team for the World Baseball Classic.
Venezuela’s Freddy Galvis and de Gordon are among players who were once suspended for using clostebol, a drug used to treat eye and skin problems.
The substance is also banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Tatis, whose namesake father also played in the Major Leagues, debuted in 2019 and was an instant hit. He has accumulated an OPS of .965 in his career, during which he has worked as a shortstop and outfielder.
San Diego, who aspired to advance to the playoffs, were confident that the player would return and improve his chances of getting the title.
“We are shocked and extremely disappointed to learn today that Fernando Tatis Jr. tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s combined prevention and treatment program,” the Padres said in a statement.
“As a result, he received an 80-game suspension without pay. We fully support this program and hope that Fernando will learn from this experience.”
Earlier this month, the Padres traded for outfielder Juan Soto, also from the Dominican Republic, to increase his chances of a move in the post-season.
Recovering, Tatis would be joined by Soto and his compatriot Manny Machado, who would argue San Diego to win what would be the first World Series title in the team’s history.
Tatis, 23, will not receive the $2.9 million penalty that was announced shortly before the Padres played in Washington.
San Diego started the day with a 63–51 record and controlled the last of three wild-card berths in the National League playoffs.