MLB has suspended Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada for 105 games for two positive tests for amphetamines. Tejada has accepted the suspension which runs through June 2014. He will be 40 by that point and might never play in the bigs again.
Tejada’s last game took place on August 11 against the Red Sox. He injured his calf diving for a ball in that game and was placed on the DL.
What confuses me about Tejada’s suspension was that he had a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall, but MLB apparently refused to extend the exemption last April. So why was MLB OK with Tejada using Adderall before? If Tejada’s medical condition hasn’t changed, why isn’t it OK for him to use it now? Or is suspending Tejada all about keeping up appearances?
Tejada played the bulk of his career with the Oakland A’s where he won the AL MVP in 2002. He has also played with the Baltimore Orioles (twice), Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. After not playing in 2012, Tejada received a spring training invitation from the Kansas City Royals and made the team. In 53 games with the Royals this season, Tejada hit .288 with 3 HR and 20 RBI.