Baltimore's Chris Davis Suspended for Adderall Use

By Shawn Dwyer 09/12/14

The Orioles slugger was given a 25-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamines.

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Chris "Crush" Davis, the Baltimore Orioles slugger who cracked 53 home runs in 2013, was suspended for 25 games after testing positive for Adderall.

The suspension is effective immediately and will cover Baltimore's final 17 games of the season before carrying over for the first eight games of the postseason. The Orioles are currently perched in first place with a 10 game lead in the American League East.

News first broke when Baltimore Sun sports reporter Dan Connolly tweeted that Davis had been suspended. Major League Baseball later confirmed the report.

After struggling four or five seasons of his career, Davis broke out in a big way when he hit 53 homers and batted .286 with 138 RBIs in 2013. His sudden power surge prompted some to accuse Davis of using performance-enhancing drugs, though Adderall—a prescription drug used to treat ADHD—does not fall under MLB's drug policy.

Major League players sometimes receive exemptions to use Adderall, a practice that has earned its share of criticism since professional baseball players are prescribed the drug at twice the rate as that of the general public.

Davis claimed to have received such an exemption for the 2013 season, but said in a statement that he did not have permission to use Adderall this year.

"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans," Davis said. "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."

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