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Padres Catcher to Apologize to Team

San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal apologized is said to be planning an apology on the first full squad workout

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 10:24 AM PDT
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Even though the first full squad Spring Training workout for the San Diego Padres is Saturday, a lot of position players have already made the trip to Arizona.

Padres pitchers and catchers started workouts Wednesday in Peoria including suspended catcher Yasmani Grandal

The 24-year-old Grandal plans to apologize to his teammates this weekend for being banned 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.

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.

The Padres first preseason game is Feb. 22.

Opening day is April 1 in New York against the Mets.

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