About to complete an 80-game PED suspension, San Diego Padres Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit three home runs during Thursday night’s Triple-A game.
Tatis, who is on a rehabilitation assignment with the Chihuahuas of El Paso Padres, he tied the team record for home runs in a game after hitting three home runs during Wednesday night’s win over the Albuquerque Isotopes, the El Paso Times reported.
The first came late in the second with El Paso leading 3-0. He hit a 451-foot bomb into center field to improve the lead to five.
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His second came in the fourth inning, traveling 418 feet, followed by another in the eighth to improve the score to 19-4.
In addition to the three home runs, Tatis went 5 of 6 with a double and eight RBIs. He also tied the team record for hits and RBIs in one game, according to the report.
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Tatis will be eligible to rejoin the Padres next Thursday after completing an 80-game suspension imposed on Aug. 12 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
He claimed he had «unknowingly» taken medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol, which is a banned substance.
Just last week, Tatis was called out by Sacramento pitcher Kade McClure after hitting a solo home run.
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«Cheater homers on a rehab assignment during a steroid suspension,» McClure tweeted in response.
Tatis is hitting .478 with a 1.673 OPS in six games.
Joe Morgan of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.