Ruiz tests positive for amphetamine

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 27, 2012
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for an amphetamine. The 33-year-old was an All-Star for the first time this year when he hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs. According to a Philadelphia Inquirer report, Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His is the latest in a slew of Adderall-related suspensions in pro sports, including NFL players Richard Sherman of Seattle, Eric Wright of Tampa Bay and Jermaine Cunningham of New England. ''I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,'' Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. ''I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.'' Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games. ''The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball's drug program,'' the team said. ''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.'' Ruiz became the eighth player suspended this year under the major league testing program, the second for amphetamines following Baltimore shortstop Ryan Adams. The eight suspensions are the most since 2007. There have been 102 suspensions under the minor league testing program.
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