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Padres' Grandal gets 50-game suspension

11/07/2012 3:34 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended for 50 games without pay for his first violation of the league’s drug policy, which MLB said was a positive test for performance-enhancing testosterone.

The suspension will take effect at the start of the 2013 season.

"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.”

The No. 12 overall pick by Cincinnati in the 2010 MLB Draft, Grandal was acquired by San Diego last December in the deal that sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Reds, and he was expected to be the Padres’ primary catcher in 2013. Last year, the 23-year-old backstop began the season in Triple-A, hitting .335 for Tucson before being called up in June and hitting .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 60 games with the Padres.

"I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension," Grandal said in a statement.

The suspension is the second big blow to San Diego’s organizational catching depth this off-season; on October 25, the team waived 25-year-old backstop Ali Solis – who finished the season with the Padres after an All-Star season at Double-A and was in fact Grandal’s replacement in the 2012 MLB Futures Game – and immediately lost him to the Pirates.

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