The office of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday announced the suspension, which was to begin immediately.
Tejada, who is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a strained calf, said in a statement released through the Major League Baseball Players Association that he took a banned substance while re-applying to MLB for a Therapeutic Use Exemption.
“I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans,” Tejada, 39, said. “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.”
Yahoo Sports reported Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a stimulant used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and also used by athletes as an energy booster. He had previously tested positive for amphetamines and the 105-game ban is the result of two failed tests again this season, Yahoo Sports said.
USA Today said on its website, citing a person familiar with Tejada’s test results, the six-time All-Star’s exemption expired April 15 and baseball refused to grant him an extension.
Tejada was the American League’s Most Valuable Player while playing for Oakland in 2002. He has a .285 batting average with 307 home runs and 1,302 runs batted in over 16 major-league seasons and signed a one-year contract with the Royals last offseason.
Tejada’s name was mentioned in the 2007 report by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Two years later he was fined and was given probation for lying to a congressional investigation into drugs in the sport.
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