Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
"Talented" Padres catcher busted for the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs.
Yasmani Grandal was caught with elevated levels of testosterone and will serve a 50 game suspension.
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Ugh. I hate cheaters. We've come to expect this sort of thing to happen to the Bay Area teams, but not to the Padres, not here in San Diego.
"We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Yasmani Grandal for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. 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."
How dare players get my hopes up by making me think that they're talented only to find out that their performance has been enhanced by drugs.
Now we have to rely on Nick Hundley for 50 games? Is that how this works? The news keeps getting worse and worse. The punishment is too severe! Maybe Hundley slipped him a mickey of testosterone so he could get another shot in the Majors. Probably not, but maybe.
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Statement from #Padres C Grandal: "I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension." No explanation for positive test.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 7, 2012
Gramdal statement: "I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension."— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 7, 2012
Josh Byrnes indicated to me that he's unlikely to look for a starting catcher after Grandal suspension. He has Hundley and Baker. @mlbonfox— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 7, 2012