Former Tucson Padres catcher plans apology
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
PEORIA (AP and KGUN9-TV) Suspended San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal plans to apologize to his teammates this weekend.
Grandal was banned in November for the first 50 games of the season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He hasn't publicly discussed the penalty beyond an initial statement.
The 24-year-old Grandal worked out Wednesday at spring training. In addition to his time in San Diego, Grandal played 56 games for the Tucson Padres last year.
Grandal hasn't addressed his connection to a Miami anti-aging clinic associated with performance-enhancing drugs. He plans to talk to his teammates when the entire Padres squad gathers Saturday, and will meet with the media later that day.
Grandal is not allowed to play in major league spring training games. The Padres will rely on former starting catcher Nick Hundley and career reserve John Baker to fill the void.
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