|Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended for 50 games for violating MLB's drug policy. (US Presswire)|
Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for use of a banned substance, per MLB's drug policy. MLB has announced that the substance in question is performance-enhanching testosterone.
"We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Yasmani Grandal for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program," the Padres said in a statement. "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 released his own statement: "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."
Grandal's suspension will take effect at the start of the 2013 season.
This past season, the 23-year-old rookie batted .297/.394/.469 with eight home runs in 60 games. He was acquired in December 2011 as part of the trade that sent Mat Latos to the Reds.