Another month, another Major League Baseball player suspended for a positive performance enhancing drug test. In May it was Guillermo Mota. Freddy Galvis and Marlon Byrd added themselves to the list in June. Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera followed in August. Next up, San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal.
BREAKING: @padres C Yasmani Grandal suspended 50 games without pay for testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance.
— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2012
The 23-year old Grandal was the 12th pick of the 2010 draft and made his major league debut this year on June 2. In his first career start later that month he recorded his first major league hit, a 454-ft home run in the fourth inning. The switch hitter hit his second long ball of the game in the sixth inning, from the opposite side of the plate, capping a historic day. That was the start of a five-game stretch, that will surely be questioned now, in which Grandal hit four out of the ballpark. He finished the season hitting .297/.394/.469 with 8 home runs and 36 RBI. Defensively he threw out 23% of attempted base stealers.
Grandal arrived in San Diego last winter from the Cincinnati Reds along with Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger and Edinson Volquez in a trade that saw Mat Latos head the other direction.
If you’re interested in browsing a list of players in violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program from 2005 through August 22, 2012 you can check it out here.
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