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Miguel Tejada Signs With Marlins While Serving 105-Game MLB Ban

May 19 (Bloomberg) -- Infielder Miguel Tejada has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins as he completes a 105-game suspension from Major League Baseball for testing positive for an amphetamine.

Tejada, 39, began his suspension last year when he was with the Kansas City Royals and is eligible to return 65 games into this season. With the Marlins, he could play June 10 against the Texas Rangers if no games are rained out or postponed. Tejada will report to the Marlins’ Class-A minor-league team in Jupiter, Florida, said.

A six-time All-Star and the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player, Tejada said at the time of the suspension that he made a mistake by taking a medication last season while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. It was his third failed drug test.

Tejada played in 53 games for the Royals last season, hitting .288 with three home runs and 20 runs batted in. He has a .285 career batting average over 16 major league seasons, with 307 homers and 1,302 RBIs.

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