Fernando Tatis Jr.’s father backed his son’s claim that he violated Major League Baseball’s drug policy over a steroid found in a tinea drug, calling it “a disaster” caused by the reputation of the San Diego Padres superstar marred it.
Fernando Tatis Sr., who played in the major leagues for part of 11 seasons, told The Midday Show in his native Dominican Republic on Monday that Tatis Jr. used the drug Trofobol to treat ringworm that he contracted the side of his neck, a photo of which was previously posted on his mother’s Instagram page. The drug, which is not sold in the United States, is a spray used to treat skin conditions, namely scars and burns. The label lists clostebol, the anabolic steroid Tatis Jr. tested positive for, and neomycin, an antibiotic, as its two main ingredients.
Tatis was suspended for 80 games on Friday after testing positive for clostebol, which will rule him out of the Padres’ final 48 games of the regular season and how far they will get through the playoffs if they get there. The remainder of the suspension will be served at the start of the 2023 season. Discipline was passed on as Tatis was in the final stages of his recovery from a left wrist injury sustained in the off-season in a suspected motorcycle accident in December.
Those two incidents, combined with the $340 million 14-year extension he signed in February 2021, raised serious concerns about the 23-year-old shortstop’s reliability and prompted strong comments from key members of the Padres , especially from General Manager AJ Preller. who alluded to trust issues when speaking to Beat reporters from Washington, DC last week
Tatis Sr. acknowledged his son made a mistake in not realizing the drug contained a steroid, a direct violation of the drug policy jointly agreed upon by the MLB and the Players’ Association, but added that it “could have been handled better”. league without going into details.
“I don’t think there was any point in destroying a player’s image over such a small thing,” he told The Midday Show in Spanish.
Tatis Sr. later added, “This is a disaster what happened, not just for Jr. but for baseball as a whole. There are millions of fans who will stop watching baseball now. It’s a total disappointment for Dominican fans. Fans all over the world, for something so insignificant that wasn’t worth it. It’s current. What’s in the body of Jr [weight-training] Regime, that’s second, has no testosterone, that’s third, contains absolutely nothing that would give you an advantage in the game. What happened is a disaster for baseball.”
Clostebol is in fact a derivative of testosterone and an anabolic steroid banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Dee Gordon and Freddy Galvis were previously suspended for testing positive for the substance from MLB, which has listed clostebol as a banned substance since its drug testing program began in 2003.
Tatis Jr. is the first player in major league history with 80 home runs and 50 stolen bases in the first 300 games of his career, but he will have played just 273 of a possible 546 regular-season games by the end of 2022. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2019 season with a lower back stress reaction and spent all of 2021 grappling with a troubled left shoulder that often kept him off the lineup.
However, his year-long absence in 2022 was a product of factors seemingly well within his control. And it comes at the worst possible time for the franchise, which has stripped its farm system to acquire Juan Soto and raised its payroll to historic records while seeking its first championship. In a lengthy statement released on Friday, Tatis said he briefly considered appealing the suspension before deciding to serve the sentence, adding that he was “completely devastated” by the circumstances. be.
Tatis Sr. told The Midday Show that he and his son plan to travel to multiple leagues across the Dominican Republic to explain their version of events to young ballplayers.
“There’s something no one can ever take away: the grace with which Fernando plays the game,” said Tatis Sr. “There’s no human being who can ever take that away.”