San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for PED violation




San Diego Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has been suspended 80 games for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Friday that Tatis has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Clostebol, an illegal substance under MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension is effective immediately.

"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 subsequently received an 80-game suspension without pay," the Padres said in a statement to MLB Network's Mark Feinsand. "We fully support the Program and are hopeful Fernando will learn from this experience."

Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr.  

The news of Tatis' suspension comes as Juan Soto returns to Washington for the first time since being traded from the Nationals to the Padres earlier this month.

Tatis, who had surgery on his left wrist in March and has yet to play in 2022, signed a $340 million, 14-year contract before the 2021 season.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for violating MLB's PED policy

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