Sunday, May 5

Tatis hits 1st HR since PED suspension, offers Padres lead

PHOENIX — Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his first dwelling run since getting back from an 80-game drug suspension, driving a fastball into the left-center stands to provide the San Diego Padres a 1-0 lead towards the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday evening.

It was Tatis‘ first homer since 2021. The 24-year-old missed all of final season, first due to a damaged left wrist. When he was about to return, he was hit along with his 80-game suspension for a constructive check for the performance-enhancing substance Clostebol.

Tatis was hitless in his first seven at-bats in his return earlier than a line drive single on Friday evening. He adopted that on Saturday by driving an 0-2 fastball into the stands, simply out of the attain of a leaping Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Tatis led the National League with 42 homers in 2021.

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