Royals’ Miguel Tejada Suspended for 105 Games

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Aug. 17 2013 4:44 PM

Kansas City Royals’ Miguel Tejada Gets 105-Game Suspension After Testing Positive for Adderall

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Miguel Tejada of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after scoring on a Alcides Escobar single in the fourth inning during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium

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Former MVP Miguel Tejada was suspended for 105 games Saturday in one of the longest suspensions ever given by Major League Baseball, according to the Associated Press. The Kansas City Royals infielder was suspended for his continued use of amphetamines, having tested positive twice since April, notes USA Today. In his second offense of the season, Tejada tested positive for Adderall last week. Although the Major League Players Association insisted Tejada had an exemption for the use of the drug because he needs it for therapeutic purposes, it had expired in April 15.

"I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans,'' Tejada said in a statement. "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."

The 105-days suspension is the second-longest for performance enhancing drugs, behind Alex Rodrigeuz’s 211-game suspension.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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