Padres Catcher Receives 50-Game Suspension
EUGENE, OR - The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Grandal will be effective at the start of next season concluding on May 28. He was expected to contend for the starting spot behind the plate with 2005 Emerald Nick Hundley. Hundley was a potential trade candidate heading into the off-season with the 23 year-old Grandal waiting in the wings. Those plans will have to be re-evaluated with the suspension announcement.
The San Diego Padres issued the following statement :
"We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Yasmani Grandal for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outlined by Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, we will not comment further on this matter."
Grandal subsequently released this statement regarding the suspension:
"I apologize to the fans, my teammates, and to the San Diego Padres. I was disappointed to learn of my positive test and under the Joint Drug Program I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension."
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