After suspensions were announced for Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, it looks as though a third monster suspension has been leveled. Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada was hit on Saturday with a 105-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall.
This is not the first offense for Tejada with this substance. Because he had previously tested positive under MLB's amphetamine policy, he was tagged for a 25-game suspension for a second positive. A third positive test resulted in the additional 80 games being tacked on to make it a full 105 games. It is listed as the third longest penalty that did not result in a lifetime ban. Steve Howe was handed a 119 game suspension in 192, and of course A-Rod's 211-game ban that was handed out earlier this month.
With the suspension, Tejada would not be able to play until the 65th regular season game of 2014. A source close to the former AL MVP has suggested that he may just hang it up after this season. If he were to test positive a fourth time, it would result in a lifetime ban from baseball.
His career had taken a downward spiral in 2005, when he lied to Congress about his knowledge of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. He was never actually suspended for PED use, however later admitted to buying in excess of $6,000 in HGH, but claimed to have thrown it away before using it.
In a statement released by the player's association, Tejada had the following to say:
I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans. 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.