Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games by MLB for PED violation

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games by MLB for PED violation

Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended without pay for 80 games Friday for violating MLB’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. MLB announced that the suspension will go into effect immediately.

FanSided’s Robert Murray reported that Tatis tested positive for the banned substance Clostebol.

The suspension means that Tatis, 23, who has yet to play this season because of injury, will have to sit out the remainder of the regular season. The Padres have 48 games remaining, including Friday’s game in Washington against the Nationals. He also is ineligible for the 2022 postseason and will be barred from his team’s first 32 games in the 2023 season.

The Padres said in a statement that they were “surprised and extremely disappointed” in Tatis violating the policy.

“We fully support the (MLB PED) Program and are hopeful that Fernando will learn from this experience,” the team said.

This article will be updated.