Shocking news in the world of baseball… Fernando Tatis Jr. — one of the best players in MLB — has just been suspended for 80 games!
Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ban on Friday afternoon – after he and the league said the San Diego Padres world shortstop tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Clostebol.
According to MLB, Tatis’ suspension will begin immediately.
The Padres, meanwhile, said in a statement that they were “surprised and extremely disappointed” to learn of the positive test.
The team added that they “fully support” MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and “hope Fernando learns from this experience.”
After sitting out all season with a wrist injury, Tatis Jr. was set to return to the Padres in the coming days.
And, everyone in the org. was thrilled for it – because the the team has just been added stars Juan Soto and Josh Bell at the trade deadline … and featured the duo, plus Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and the rest of the roster, would then push for a World Series run.
Tatis Jr. will now be ineligible to make the playoffs this year – and due to the length of the ban, he will also have to serve part of the suspension in the 2023 season.
The Padres are currently 16 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West – but currently hold one of the National League’s available Wild Card spots.