According to tweets from both Matt Gelb and Todd Zolecki, Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games for the use of amphetamines, specifically Adderall.
In his story, Gelb says “the suspension was triggered by Ruiz’s second positive test for the stimulant.” The Phillies will be without him until April 28 and it will cost him about $750,000 in salary.
He’s the second high-profile Phillie nailed this year for the use of a banned substance, with Freddy Galvis being the first during the summer. This one might catch some people by surprise, although Ruiz did have by far his best season as a major leaguer.
Are you shocked by this? Do you care if Ruiz has illegally taken Adderall as a way to get through a long season?
The Phillies issued this statement regarding the suspension:
”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.”
Updated, 5:05pm: Here is Chooch’s statement, via Jayson Stark of ESPN:
“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.”