Tatis admits failure: ‘Dreams have turned into my worst nightmares’

Posted: 27/08/2022 in MLB
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San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. spoke Tuesday for the first time since being suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

“I am really sorry,” the 23-year-old said in front of reporters at Petco Park, including ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “I have let so many people down. I have lost so much love from people. I failed.

“I failed the front office of the San Diego Padres: Peter Seidler, A.J. Preller. I have failed every fan (in) this city. I have failed my country. I have failed my family and parents. I’m really sorry for my mistakes. I have seen how my dreams have turned into my worst nightmares … but there’s no one to blame but myself.”

Tatis tested positive for clostebol in late July while taking medication for a skin infection, according to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell. Tatis was officially suspended Aug. 12.

The Dominican native said he will undergo surgery to repair his labrum while suspended, which is expected to address the shoulder subluxation issue he had in the past, Cassavell adds. Tatis separated his shoulder four times last season.

The one-time All-Star will go under the knife as soon as possible and is expected to be fully healthy and available when his suspension ends next April or May, according to Cassavell.

San Diego signed the two-time Silver Slugger to a 14-year, $330-million extension in February 2021. Since then, Tatis has been involved in several motorcycle accidents and missed the entire 2022 campaign up until his suspension was announced following wrist surgery.

The electric infielder owns a .292/.369/.596 slash line with 81 home runs, 195 RBIs, 55 doubles, and 52 steals while on the field over three seasons.

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