Major League Baseball has announced that Padres' catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which is a violation of Major League Baseball's performance enhancing drug policy. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2013 season.
Grandal is the sixth major leaguer in 2012 to test positive and be suspended for PED use, the most in a season since 2007.
Grandal, a first-round pick of the Reds out of Miami in 2010, becomes one of the most prominent players to be suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. Grandal ranked No. 4 on the Reds' Top 10 Prospects list after the 2011 season. He was traded last offseason to the Padres along with first baseman Yonder Alonso and righthanders Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger in a trade that brought righthander Mat Latos to the Reds. Grandal hit .297/.394/.469 in 192 at-bats with San Diego last season.
The Padres issued a team statement regarding Grandal that read: "We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Yasmani Grandal for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. 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.”