Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada received a 105-game suspension Saturday afternoon after twice testing positive for amphetamines in violation of Major League Baseball’s drug policy.
Major League Baseball announced the ban prior to the Royals’ game against Detroit at Comerica Park. Tejada chose not to appeal the suspension but cited a medical condition as the reason for taking the banned substance.
“I apologize to my teammates, the Royals’ organization and to the Kansas City fans,” he said in a statement released through the players’ union. “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.”
Major League Baseball did not identify the banned substance, but sources told The Kansas City Star it was Adderall, which is generally used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Royals officials declined comment on Tejada’s suspension while citing Major League Baseball’s prohibition from doing so. They previously denied any knowledge of Tejada failing a drug test.
The suspension comes six days after the Royals placed Tejada, 39, on the 60-day disabled list because of a severely strained right calf suffered Aug. 10 while diving for a ball.
Braves add second baseman
The Atlanta Braves, seeking depth at second base, signed infielder Tyler Greene to a minor-league contract.
Greene, who was released by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, was assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Rays lose Scott to back spasms
The Tampa Bay Rays put designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back spasms. The Rays also reinstated reliever Brandon Gomes, who missed 88 games with a right lat strain, from the 60-day disabled list. They transferred right-hander Jesse Crain from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. Crain is sidelined by a strained right shoulder.
Around the leagues
The Chicago White Sox placed right-handed reliever Ramon Troncoso on the disabled list with inflammation of the lining around his heart and purchased the contract of pitcher Jake Petricka. … Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando got an injection in his right shoulder and will miss his scheduled start Monday against Houston. … The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Taylor Jordan on the 15-day disabled list with a right lower back strain and recalled outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse. … Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Reliever Chaz Roe was optioned to Triple-A Reno. Cahill went a combined 0-2 with a 4.57 ERA in four minor-league rehab starts. … The Colorado Rockies activated right-handed reliever Rafael Betancourt from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Manuel Corpas to Triple-A Colorado Springs. … The Seattle Mariners activated catcher Jesus Sucre from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma.