San Diego Padres' catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended for 50 games by the Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball for testing positive for testosterone. The suspension will take effect at the start of the 2013 season, meaning Grandal will not be eligible to play his first game until May 28.
"I apologize to the fans, my teammates, and to the San Diego Padres," Grandal said in a statement. "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."
The Padres issued a statement:
"We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Yasmani Grandal for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game."
Grandal made an instant impact with the Padres in 2012. In his Major League debut on June 30, he smashed two home runs in his first two at-bats, one from each side of the plate. He went on to hit .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBI's as the club's starting catcher. San Diego currently has two other catchers on the roster, Nick Hundley and John Baker.
Are MLB's efforts to eliminate PED's (performance-enhancing drugs) effective? Should the current penalty of a 50 game suspension with no pay be stiffened? More and more people around MLB seem to be answering "yes" to the latter question.