New York, NY (Sports Network) - Major League Baseball has suspended San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal for 50 games, without pay, for a violation of the league's rules regarding performance-enhancing substances.
"We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Yasmani Grandal for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program," said the Padres in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon. "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."
Grandal was penalized after testing positive for Testosterone.
The 23-year-old Cuban participated in 60 games during his rookie season of 2012, hitting .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBI.