Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been suspended for 25 games without pay for amphetamine use. Davis admitted that Adderall, the popular ADHD prescription drug, is to blame for his failed drug test.
Davis released an apologetic statement this morning.
"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,'' Davis said, as reported by the Baltimore Sun. “I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately."
The league announced today that Davis’ suspension will carry over into the postseason. Since the suspension is 25 games long and the Orioles have 17 games left on their regular season schedule, Davis will miss the first 8 games of the postseason. If the Orioles are eliminated from the postseason before playing eight games, any remaining games on the suspension will carry over into next season.
The MLB’s drug abuse policy indicates this is Davis’ second substance abuse offense. First time offenders don’t get suspended, they only get enrolled in a testing program. Second time offenders are punished with the 25 game suspension that Davis was.
The suspension is a huge blow to the first place Orioles. Despite his league-worst .196 batting average, Davis has hit 26 homeruns and 72 RBIs. His 112 homeruns since 2012 are the most in the major leagues.