Fernando Tates Jr. is facing an 80-game suspension for a PED violation.

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Padres manager Malone says Tates ‘sorry’ about PED ban

San Diego Padres manager Bob Malone reached out to suspended All-Star shortstop Fernando Tates Jr. in a phone call Saturday and said the player “feels remorseful.” Malone did not reveal anything else about what he called a “private conversation” with Tatis, the dynamic fan favorite who was handed an 80-game suspension after testing positive for the performance-enhancing anabolic steroid clostibol. Major League Baseball did it shortly before its inception. San Diego’s 10-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday. The first-year Padres captain said he didn’t feel the need to re-discuss Tates’ suspension with the other players before Saturday’s game at Nationals Park.

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