Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that the All-Star catcher has been suspended for 25 games for testing positive for Adderall
It looks like Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies picked the wrong time to take amphetamines. Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that the All-Star catcher has been suspended for 25 games for testing positive for Adderall, a banned stimulant that can be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But if it's not used for that, or any other doctor-approved treatment, it can just get you buzzed, or higher. Ruiz apparently got no such waiver from MLB, as many other players have, to use Adderall.
The suspension was triggered, reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, because Ruiz tested positive a second time:
Under MLB's program, Ruiz was subject to six unannounced follow-up tests over the 12 months after the initial violation, in addition to the standard random testing. A first positive test for a stimulant, unlike steroids, does not result in suspension. Instead, the increased testing is implemented. Ruiz would be suspended for 80 games should a third positive test emerge.
Say it ain't so, Chooch! Ruiz, the catcher on the Phillies' '08 World Series champion, is probably the most popular player on the roster. Or, to be more precise, he's the player on the Phillies that most of their tough-loving fans have the fewest issues with. They'll probably be madder at Ruiz for being dumb enough to get caught as much as for breaking the rules.
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