Orioles Slugger Davis Suspended 25 Games for AmphetaminesEben Novy-Williams
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, baseball’s home run leader last season, was suspended 25 games without pay for a violation of the league’s drug policy.
Davis, 28, tested positive for an amphetamine, Major League Baseball said in an e-mailed statement. The ban is effective immediately, and includes the postseason, which means Davis will miss Baltimore’s first eight playoff games should the team advance that far.
Davis said today in a statement that he took Adderall, for which he’s previously had a therapeutic use exemption.
“I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately,” Davis said.
Davis hit .286 last year with an MLB-high 53 home runs, the first baseball player to eclipse the 50-homer plateau since 2010. His previous career high was 33.
Prior to the 2014 season, Davis and the Orioles avoided arbitration with a one-year contract worth $10.35 million, according to ESPN. This season he is hitting .196 with 26 home runs.
The Orioles (86-59) have a 10-game lead in the American League East division with 17 games left in the regular season. The team hasn’t won a division title since 1997.