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Padres Yasmani Grandal gets a 50-game suspension for testosterone

Yasmani Grandal

San Diego Padres’ Yasmani Grandal drives in a run with a base hit to center field against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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And with this, the Padres are in the market for a catcher:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Grandal was a rookie in 2012 and, after making a nice big splash with a home run streak after his callup, he missed a lot of time due to an oblique injury.

One wonders if he was so eager, now that he finally had a shot at a regular big league job, that he went a bridge too far in trying to come back from the injury. Or to compensate for lost power as a result of it.

UPDATE: Grandal has released a statement:

“I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension.”