Report: Miguel Tejada to receive 105-game suspension for Adderall use
Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada will be suspended for 105 games for twice testing positive for Adderall this season, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting.
The 39-year-old former American League MVP had tested positive for amphetamines before this season, meaning his second positive resulted in a 25-game ban and his third an 80-game ban — thus the total of 105 games.
It will be the third-longest non-lifetime ban in MLB history, topped by Alex Rodriguez’s pending 211-game suspension and Steve Howe’s 119-day suspension in 1992 for substance abuse.
Tejada, who has been linked to PEDs since the Mitchell Report investigation, will begin serving the suspension immediately, though he was recently placed on the 60-day disabled list with a strained calf.
From Yahoo! Sports:
Tejada did not appeal the penalties and will begin serving them immediately from the 60-day disabled list, where the Royals placed him this week with a strained calf. After serving the remaining 41 games in Kansas City’s season, Tejada would be ineligible to play in the first 64 games of 2014, though one source close to Tejada indicated he is strongly leaning toward retiring.
It would end an up-and-down career that peaked with the 2002 AL MVP and saw its nadir when he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2005 about his knowledge of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Though Tejada never was suspended for PED use, he later admitted to buying more than $6,000 worth of human growth hormone, which he claimed to have thrown away before injecting.
The Dominican Republic native would retire with a .285 average,307 home runs and eight All-Star selections in 16 seasons.