Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games After Testing Positive For Amphetamines (Adderall)

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It. Just. Gets. Worse.

Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines. Adderall, specifically.

Matt Gelb of

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?


46 Responses

  1. Just heard about this on KYW. Now THERE’S a sucker punch. Talk about a winter of discontent!

  2. So, the addarall is banned because it’s a stimulant, and it really could’ve been the reason he was better ? It could used for those purposes ?

  3. The notion that Adderall could be the cause of such a massive increase in performance is ridiculous. This still sucks though.

  4. It’s so easy to get a damned script for addarall.. common Chooch! Fackkkkkk me.. there was just some farm system kid who got a suspension for addy’s too.. just get a script… be like yo Dr.. Chooch can no focus.. can’t sit and read a book.. have mucho trouble focuso… bam… addy script… boom enjoy as much addy as you want you crazy fucker

  5. Not really, Adderall can make him swing faster and run quicker. Keeps you alert and can possibly help you concentrate more on seeing the ball at the plate. I used to take that shit to get high, let me tell you 8 hour jobs would be done in 4 hours.

  6. Seems as if the Phils always start kind of slow, whether it be during a 102 win season or an 81. Hopefully the suspension stays at 25 games and we have him back quick.

  7. Played with a kid that had ADD and took it. He was the best hitter on the team. Helps you focus and that’s a major part of hitting and baseball in general.

  8. Adderall can also be used to mask steroid use. He’s not necessarily innocent of seedy intentions with it. And all you geniuses saying he should have just gotten a script or it’s no big deal… don’t you think he knows that? Don’t you think he would have gotten a script if he could have? There was something more going on.
    I hope, for all our sakes, we never find out what that more is.

  9. Yet another injustice facing the sports world. I don’t know where to begin anymore. Mr. Ruiz was one of my youngest son’s heroes and someone that he had considered to be a role model after reading about Mr. Ruiz’s life story. Now, I have to reluctantly inform my son that everything he thought he knew about Mr. Ruiz was a lie. Mr. Ruiz is not a role model for anyone in society. Frankly, he is a cheater and a drug addict. I would love to find out how he obtained ADHD medication without being diagnosed with the disability. I am beginning to think that sports are becoming the root of all evil. It is full of greed, life threatening injuries, and rampant drug use. I am personally going to write the MLB a letter recommending that they increase his suspension from a measly 25 ball games to an entire life time. There is no accountability in sports by players, Commissioners, disciplinarians or the greedy owners. By attending ball games, watching them on television and purchasing the merchandise we are just feeding the beast. I will continue to fight against these injustices.

  10. Megan Hun, leave the sports talking to the men. Nobody wants to hear your opinion, sexy

  11. TJ – fuck off.
    Ed Murphy is a legend on this site. He’s more important than Kyle himself.
    Do us all a favor and take your shitty name and beat it.

  12. Adderall can also be a steroid-masking agent. Chooch was obv on the juice last year, just like Rollins was in ’07.

  13. Hrrm. It occurred to me the basis of non-fction is that Chooch did some sort of PED last season, which explains his career year. Hrrm. Cheater

  14. I bet He stole them from Shane Victorno. SMDH that Chooch is a drug addict & let down all the kids who adore him. POS

  15. Mr. TJ,
    Of course I was being serious. Unlike you, I am an adult who cares about society and the well being of others. There is absolutely nothing remotely humorous about a drug addict, cheater who on the surface portrays himself to be someone who he is not. There is absolutely nothing remotely humorous about disgracing the game that we all love and cherish. There is absolutely nothing remotely humorous about the continued lack of accountability that is plaguing professional sports. Mr. TJ, I recommend that you look deep into a mirror and reassess who you want to be in life. I, like the majority of the forum members, are deeply disappointed in your continual childish remarks. Thank you for your time.

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  17. Edward Murphy is always educating. The guy really cares. I’d pay too dollar to see a video of one of his protests at a flyers game. He sort of reminds me of Charles Manson.

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  19. At least half of you cock suckers abuse some sort of drug.. who gives a fuck! Gyp will pay for stealing my desk!

  20. Im prolly out on my own here, but I dont give a s*** about drugs or roids. I want to see the strongest, fastest, quickest, biggest players hit balls farther, react to plays quicker, and throw the ball harder than everyone else on the planet. If a player wants to do coke/speed/Adderall or, yes, even PEDs, he should be allowed.
    I dont have any kids…so that mindset may change, but i watch sports for entertainment and always have. Sports figures should never be “heroes” unless they are a hero outside of sports. Real heroes are soldiers, police, fire/first responders…doctors…good parents or guardians… people actually making a difference in someone’s life protecting us, saving lives, and positively impacting our future. im passionate about my teams and i spend a lot of money watching them play and sporting their jerseys, but ive never, even as a kid, idolized them. i always considered my father my hero, and still do as he’s a great man, but the thought of looking up to athletes gleefully for anything outside of watching their swings to mimic them at the plate? Come on. Maybe i was just more mature than most kids.
    I do think poorly of a player that uses PEDs, since it’s an unfair advantage over those abiding by the rules, but i disagree completely WITH those rules. Let EVERYONE juice or abuse drugs (i know you can’t “allow” illegal drug use, but i believe in drug legalization) IF they so choose.
    And i know kids will always look up at sports stars favorably, just as i did, but they shouldnt be looking to them for role models unless they would be role models outside of sports. Period. Just because they make a lot of money being an entertainer doesnt mean they should automatically be looked up to. Of course they are way better than us at many things, but it doesnt automatically mean they are better role models, and i’d say unless they are the super charitable type like Pujols or something they shouldnt really be looked up to at all. So let em do drugs and be the absolute best that nature, science, and humanity allows.

  21. There are plenty of people in the league prescribed the same meds he is suspended for……its not a PED, just a controlled substance. And to all the people saying he’s not a role model. Make sure you down 2 or 3 glasses of scotch before you have that heart to heart with your son. And make sure your wife drinks a bottle of wine before she lets you plow her tonight. Hypocrites……alcohol is far worse than the drugs these guys are being suspended for.

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  26. Man, don’t like seeing amphetamines used to enhance a player’s abilities in his sport. Not sure if it actually enhances their capabilities, but just not right when other players don’t do it. If you don’t have ADD then you shouldn’t be messing with drugs. I wonder how the other players feel about this? I like watching sporting events, but I want a clean fair game. I have read Adderall can be very addictive when taken and you do not have ADD, so this guy needs to clean up his act. He is too good to throw it away on something as dumb as Adderall. If he has issues go see a counselor or get help online with a support group. I can google and find one real fast, so can he.
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