Padres Catcher Yasmani Grandal Suspended 50 Games

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Chris Covatta/MLBPA via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Another player has been suspended for a banned substance in Major League Baseball. San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone.

Grandal’s suspension will begin at the start of the 2013 season. In his rookie season, Grandal hit .297 with eight home runs in 60 games played.

“I apologize to the fans, my teammates and to the San Diego Padres,” Grandal said in a statement. “I was disappointed to learn of my positive test and under the joint drug program. I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension.”

Grandal was acquired by the team last December from the Cincinnati Reds when the team sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Reds.

There have been seven suspensions this year under the major league drug program, six for performance-enhancing drugs. Those seven suspensions are the most in a year since 2007.

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