Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games
Ruben Amaro may need to add another position to his off season wish list.
MLB announced today that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is suspended the first 25 games of the 2013 season for testing positive for a banned substance.
Matt Gelb has more:
"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, a fan favorite, made the All-Star team last season and hit a career high 16 home runs coupled with 68 RBI.
The Phillies issued the following statement in response to Major League Baseball's suspension of Ruiz:
”The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program. We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013.”