San Diego Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for banned substances
Fernando Tatis Jr. (23, San Diego Padres) has been suspended for 80 games for taking banned substances.
MLB.com reported on the 13th (Korean time), “The MLB has suspended San Diego shortstop Tatis Jr. for 80 games.” said.
Tatis Jr., who was on the operating table in March after injured his left wrist in a motorcycle accident, recently played a minor league game and prepared for a comeback to the big leagues.
However, he was suspended for 80 games and his return this season was canceled.
The impact of Rising Star’s use of banned substances, which MLB is paying attention to, is also significant.
San Diego started the 2021 season and signed a 14-year, up to $340 million contract with Tatis Jr.
Tatis Jr. raised expectations by batting 0.282, 42 homers, and 97 RBIs in 2021.
Tatis Jr. was the top home run player in the National League last year.
When he injured his wrist in a motorcycle accident in March of this year, San Diego didn’t take it seriously.
However, the allegation of taking banned substances could seriously damage Tatis Jr.’s image.
“We are shocked and disappointed to hear that Tatis Jr. has tested positive for a doping test,” the San Diego club said in a statement.
I hope the players themselves learn something from this experience.”
Tatis Jr., through the MLB Players’ Union, said, “We have confirmed that the drug taken to treat ringworm (a skin disease) contains clostebol.
I should have checked if the drugs I was taking had prohibited ingredients, but it was my fault for not doing so.” He said, “I made an inexcusable mistake.
I apologize to the San Diego club officials and colleagues, to all MLB officials, and to the fans.”
“I’ve had countless doping tests, and I’ve never tested positive before,” he said.
I look forward to joining the team in 2023 and playing together.”
As Tatis Jr.’s comeback this season has been canceled, Kim Ha-seong is expected to play as a regular shortstop in San Diego for the rest of the season.