Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball has suspended Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada for 105 games without pay for testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of the League’s drug prevention program.
With the suspension effective immediately, it could spell the end of Tejada’s career after testing positive twice for Adderall.
In a statement, the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player, explained that he took Adderall while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. According to multiple reports, Tejada’s exemption expired on April 15.
MLB issued a record 116 Therapeutic Use Exemptions for attention deficit disorder between the beginning of the 2011-12 offseason and the end of the 2012 postseason, according to the most recent annual report from Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program’s independent program administrator.
“I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans,” Tejada said in the statement. “I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat. I took that medication while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so.”
The 39-year-old Tejada is currently on the 60-day disabled list with the Royals due to a strained calf. Signed as a free agent this offseason, Tejada hit .288/.317/.378 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 53 games for Kansas City.
He didn’t play in the Majors last season, signing a Minor League deal with the Orioles in May and playing in Triple-A before they released him on June 25.