Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. is suspended 80 games for a positive drug test

Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. is suspended 80 games for a positive drug test

Published August 13, 2022
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San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. looks out from the dugout prior to the team’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 25 in San Diego. Tatis was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Derrick Tuskan/AP hide caption

San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. looks out from the dugout prior to the team’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 25 in San Diego. Tatis was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

WASHINGTON — San Diego Padres dynamo Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the brightest, freshest stars in all of Major League Baseball, was suspended 80 games on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance and won’t play this season.

The penalty imposed by MLB was effective immediately, meaning the All-Star shortstop — who had been out the entire season because of a broken wrist but was expected to return to the playoff contenders next week — cannot play in the majors until next year.