Dating back to the end of last season, the San Diego Padres have been faced with some obstacles, many of them being centered around Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 80-game PED suspension.
Tatis missed all of last season due to an injury he suffered in a biking accident during the lockout.
He was on track to return, but ultimately tested positive for PEDs and was kept out the rest of the season.
The young slugger made his return toward the end of April and has performed quite well since coming back.
On the podcast “Foul Territory”, his teammate, star pitcher Joe Musgrove, commented on what it has been like to have him back in the clubhouse.
"At some point throughout this process, you're going to have to forgive yourself."@itsFatherJoe44 on the clubhouse conversation with Fernando Tatis Jr. pic.twitter.com/TK8jBh0Yuy
— Foul Territory (@FoulTerritoryTV) May 9, 2023
Musgrove was asked by former MLB catcher A.J. Pierzynski if he thought Tatis’ apology was sincere.
The right-hander discussed the process of the situation, praising Tatis for not hiding from it and being straightforward with the rest of his teammates.
Musgrove even recalled a brief meeting with Tatis, Juan Soto, himself, and other Padres stars where Tatis apologized and confided in them that he wanted them to hear it from him.
But the right-hander says that everything has gone smoothly and also discussed how Tatis was feeling about the situation.
Musgrove stated that Tatis felt tremendous guilt and remorse over his actions, but once again praised him for being able to stand before his teammates and accept responsibility for what took place.
Musgrove also recalled telling the slugger that eventually, he was going to have to forgive himself and return to being the fun-loving player he and his teammates knew him to be.NEXT: Juan Soto Is Climbing Up Another All-Time List