Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines. Adderall, specifically.
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.
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.
Some players diagnosed with ADHD (Shane Victorino…) are allowed to take Adderall. Chooch, obviously, has not been diagnosed with the disorder.
The Phillies put out a statement:
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.
And god dammit, even Ruiz's statements are adorable:
"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant. 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."
Chooch had his best season ever this year– a .325 batting average, 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in only 114 games. There was a bit of (very loose) conjecture about what was causing Ruiz’s outburst this season… now, maybe, we have a reason. An amphetamine, according to Wikipedia, "produces increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreased fatigue and appetite"– something that could be quite beneficial to a baseball player who might not otherwise need it for medical reasons. Say it ain’t so, Chooch.
Is nothing sacred anymore?