Davis suspended 25 games
Chris Davis has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension is effective immediately and includes all regular season and postseason games in which he would have been eligible to play. Basically if the O’s get that far, Davis can’t play for the first eight games. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Davis called him last night to tell him the news and he also reached out to several of his teammates. For now, the team has Kelly Johnson at first base and are weighing whether to bring up another infielder from the taxi squat in Sarasota, Fla.
Davis issued a statement on the matter just now: “I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans. I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”
Baltimore has 17 regular season games remaining on their schedule (including two Friday against the Yankees) and lead the AL East by 10 games.
Davis is batting .196 with 26 homers and 72 RBIs this season.
I’ll have more on Orioles.com shortly.