“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Ruiz is effective at the start of the 2013 regular season. He will be eligible to participate in Spring Training, including in Spring Training games.”
As for what drug he tested positive for? Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the drug in question is Adderall.
"Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, according to a league source, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant — not a steroid — under MLB's policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's second positive test for the stimulant."
Ruiz, 33, hit .325 with 16 homeruns and 68 RBI last season for the Phillies as he was selected to his first All-Star Game. It looks like breakout call-up Erik Kratz will see more playing time earlier in the season that originally thought.
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