Fernando Tatis Jr. ‘is cleared for baseball activities after shoulder and wrist surgeries’… but can’t play until April 20 due to 80-game ban for PEDs positive test
The suspended Fernando Tatis Jr. is reported to be able to return to baseball activities following surgeries on his left shoulder and left wrist.
The 24-year-old San Diego Padres player was banned in August after testing positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid, and will be out until April 20.
But he was cleared to resume baseball practice following the surgeries, according to The Athletic.
The suspended Fernando Tatis Jr. will reportedly return to baseball activities with the Padres
The outlet reported that Tatis Jr. had surgery on his left shoulder in September and two surgeries on his left wrist a month later.
The shortstop has recovered and may return to baseball activity and is reportedly set to participate in spring training.
The suspension of Tatis Jr. was announced by Major League Baseball on August 12 and Clostebol was identified as the illegal substance. Tatis said he was dealing with ringworm and accidentally used a banned substance. He apologized for what he had done.
Tatis Jr. was given an 80-game ban by Major League Baseball for violating the drug policy
Tatis played in 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 RBI and 25 steals and was third in National League MVP voting.
In 273 career games, Tatis has a .292 batting average with 81 home runs and 195 RBI. He is a first-time All-Star in 2021 after finishing fourth in NL MVP voting during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and he signed a 14-year, $330million contract with the Padres during spring training last year year.
Tatis said he will undergo surgery on his left shoulder during the suspension. Part of the reason he and the team didn’t get along was because of his refusal to go under the knife following last season.
What made matters worse was the December 2021 motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic. Tatis reportedly broke his left wrist in the incident but the Padres were not aware of the break until he reported to spring training in March of last year.
He had surgery on his left wrist then and didn’t play last season.
The shortstop said he will undergo surgery on his left shoulder while suspended