NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Major League Baseball suspended San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games on Friday after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The ban took effect immediately, meaning the Dominican shortstop will not play in the majors again this season.
Tatis was on the disabled list throughout the season after suffering a broken left wrist in spring training. He recently started playing in Double A to complete the last phase of his recovery.
San Diego, who aspired to advance to the playoffs, were confident that the player would return and improve his chances of getting the title.
Major League Baseball reported that Tatis tested positive for kloostebol.
“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.”
Tatis, 23, was an All-Star last season. Brilliant with the bat and in the outfield, he was regarded as one of the best young players in the Majors.
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.