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Fernando Tatis Jr. ‘Devastated’ by PED Suspension, Padres’ Jurickson Profar Says

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NORTH PARK Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. reportedly have not yet addressed his teammates since receiving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Outfielder Jurickson Profar, among Tatis’ closest friends on the team, told ESPN’s Aiden Gonzalez that each of them have spoken “each day,” and he offered some insight into Tatis’ mind-set.

“He’s devastated,” Profar said Thursday. “He feels really bad.”

Tatis has been struggling to take the field in the 2022 season. He previously been working his in the past from the broken wrist suffered during an offseason motorcycle accident when MLB announced his suspension. The 23-year-old was signed to a historic 14-year, $340 million contract extension in February 2021.

Gonzalez reported that Tatis had a face-to-face ending up in Padres president of baseball operations and general manager A.J. Preller on Thursday, and he could be scheduled to meet up with Padres chairman Peter Seidler on the weekend. There is an expectation that Tatis would address his teammates prior to the end of the week, but Padres manager Bob Melvin said Thursday there was not a finalized anticipate that front.

Regardless of the criticism the problem has warranted, Tatis’ teammates are available to hearing from him.

“We just wanna hear him be genuine and honest in here,” Padres outfielder Wil Myers said. “What goes on in here stays in here. So far as the trust being broken–I think that’s obviously true in the respect of what happened, but that isn’t to state that from the teammate perspective that can not be won back.”

Said Joe Musgrove, who’s considered among the leaders on the team: “Lots of things between occasionally will dictate that. He’s our teammate still, and he’s gonna maintain our clubhouse, so we’re gonna need to discover a way to get on a single page and obtain past this. I have no idea what that’s gonna appear to be yet, but because the time comes it will likely be just a little clearer.”

Profar said he fully supports his friend, telling Gonzalez, “You make one mistake and everyone really wants to crucify you. However, not me. I’m there to aid him and obtain him through this and obtain him back on the field whenever he’s permitted keep coming back and show the planet what type of player he could be again.”

When asked if his teammates share his feelings, Profar responded, “I have no idea.”

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