Padres Catcher Yasmani Grandal Suspended 50 Games

Major League Baseball has suspended San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal 50 games without pay after he tested positive for use of a banned substance, reports Dayn Perry of

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-enhancing testosterone.

Grandal released a statement yesterday apologizing to fans, his teammates and the Padres’ organization. He said he was “disappointed” to learn of his positive test, and he added that he’s “responsible” for what he puts into his body and must accept responsibility for his actions. This would lead one to believe that the backstop is not appealing the league’s decision.

Grandal was one of the key pieces the Padres acquired in the trade that sent right-hander Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. He made his major league debut this season, hitting .297/.394/.469 with eight home runs over 60 games for San Diego.

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