MLB: Fernando Tatis Jr. ‘cleared for baseball activities’ amid PED ban
Fernando Tatis Jr. “is cleared for baseball activities after shoulder and wrist surgery” … but won’t be able to play until April 20 due to an 80-game ban for PEDs testing positive
The suspended Fernando Tatis Jr. is reportedly able to play baseball again after operations on his left shoulder and wrist.
The 24-year-old San Diego Padres player was suspended in August after testing positive for clostebol, a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid, and will not be able to play until April 20.
But he has been given permission to start baseball practice again after surgeries, sources say the athlete.
The suspended Fernando Tatis Jr. is reportedly poised to return to baseball activities with the Padres
The outlet reports that Tatis Jr. underwent surgery on his left shoulder in September and two surgeries on his left wrist a month later.
The shortstop has recovered and can return to baseball activities and is reportedly scheduled to attend spring training.
Tatis Jr.’s suspension was announced by Major League Baseball on Aug. 12, and clostebol was identified as an illegal substance. Tatis said he was dealing with tinea and accidentally used a banned substance. He apologized for his actions.
Tatis Jr. was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating drug policy
Tatis played a career-high 130 games in 2021, his third major league season, and led the National League with 42 home runs. He batted .282 with 97 RBIs and 25 steals and finished third in National League MVP voting.
In 273 career games, Tatis has a .292 batting average with 81 homers and 195 RBIs. He was a first-time All-Star in 2021 after finishing fourth in NL MVP voting in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and he signed a 14-year, $330 million contract in spring training last year with the Padres.
Tatis said he will have surgery on his left shoulder during the suspension. One reason he and the team were at odds was because he refused to go under the knife after last season.
The motorcycle accident in December 2021 in the Dominican Republic made things worse. Tatis is said to have broken his left wrist in the incident, but the Padres were unaware of the fracture until he reported for spring training in March last year.
He was then operated on his broken left wrist and did not play last season.
The shortstop said he will have surgery on his left shoulder during the suspension
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