San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, a 2010 first-round draft pick who hit two home runs in his first career Major League Baseball start last season, was banned for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone.
Grandal, 23, will begin his suspension at the start of the 2013 season for using the banned muscle builder. The Padres said in a statement they’re disappointed in Grandal’s violation of MLB’s drug prevention and treatment program.
Grandal said in a statement that he accepts responsibility and won’t challenge the suspension.
Grandal, who’s from La Habana, Cuba, was selected by Cincinnati with the 12th pick in the 2010 draft and joined the Padres with three other players in a Dec. 17, 2011, trade that sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Reds. Grandal made his major-league debut last season and hit .297 with eight home runs and 36 runs batted in over 60 games.
In his first MLB start, on June 30 in Colorado, Grandal hit home runs both right-handed and left-handed. It was the first time in history that a player had homers from both sides of the plate for his first two career major league hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.