Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Major League Baseball has suspended San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal 50 games after he tested positive for use of a banned substance.
Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for use of a banned substance, per MLB's drug policy.
Perry adds that the substance in question is performance-enhancing testosterone. Because the season has ended, Grandal’s suspension will begin at the start of the 2013 campaign.
The Padres have said they are "disappointed" to learn of Grandal’s suspension. The team "fully" supports MLB’s policy, but declined to comment further on the situation.
Grandal was acquired by the Padres last December along with first baseman Yonder Alonso and right-handers Brad Boxberger and Edinson Volquez in the trade that sent right-hander Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds.
Grandal went on to make his major league debut with the Padres last season, hitting .297/.394/.469 with seven doubles, one triple and eight home runs over 192 at-bats. The 23-year-old was poised to take over as the team’s starting catcher next season.