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Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games for Amphetamines: Latest Details and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, Oct. 9

Buck Showalter commented on Chris Davis' status for the ALCS, via Orioles on MASN:

Orioles on MASN @masnOrioles

"Chris (Davis) won't be on this roster." - Buck Showalter

Updates from Saturday, Sept. 27

Michael Kolligan of the Baltimore Sun has an update on Davis: 

Chris Davis returned to the baseball field Friday, but it was a field far from the one the Orioles played on in Toronto.

Davis was over a thousand miles away in steamy Sarasota, playing Instructional League baseball as he tries to remain in shape during his 25-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test.

In his first game since reporting to the Orioles’ Sarasota complex on Tuesday, Davis went 1-for-2 with a walk against a pair of 18-year-old Tampa Bay Rays prospects in a game that ended in a 9-inning, 3-3 tie.

 

Updates from Saturday, Sept. 13 

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports on Davis' efforts to acquire an exemption from the amphetamine rules:

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Sources offer conflicting accounts about whether #Orioles’ Davis was rejected for a TUE at one point, or whether he simply stopped applying.

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Confidentiality in Joint Drug Agreement prevents parties from speaking publicly about what actually happened.

Original Text

The Baltimore Orioles appear to be playoff bound, but they will be without first baseman Chris Davis for the next 25 games due to a violation of MLB's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

According to MLB Public Relations on Twitter, Davis tested positive for an amphetamine:

MLB Communications @MLB_PR

#Orioles 1B Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for an Amphetamine.

Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun reports this is not Davis' first offense:

Dan Connolly @danconnolly2016

This is Davis' second offense for amphetamine usage. No suspension on the first as per CBA agreement

Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com provides a statement from Davis:

Brittany Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

Davis in a statement: "I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans." {More}

Brittany Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

"I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) this year...

Brittany Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately." -Davis

Ghiroli also passed along comments from manager Buck Showalter:

At this point it's not up to me to gauge what’s fair or not fair. I know what the positive test was for and believe me I'm not condoning any positive test. Everybody knows what the rules are, so it is what it is. We've all made mistakes and none of us would like to have our whole life judged by our worst decision.

I'm disappointed. I know Chris is too, but it is what it is. We'll try to deal with it and move on. Timing's never good, but it's one of those challenges. It's why we have this in place. Fully supportive of it. These are the things that everybody knew about beforehand and it's another way that we want our fans to be able to trust a lot of things.

Ghiroli had more from the Orioles:

Brittany Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

Markakis said clubhouse was "shocked" about Davis news. Said Buck told him this morning but stressed Os can't dwell on it.

Baltimore holds a 10-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East, which means it will win the division, barring a colossal collapse. There are 17 games remaining in the Orioles' regular season, which means Davis' suspension will spill into the playoffs.

Per Jack Curry of YES Network, the suspension will keep Davis out of Baltimore's first eight postseason games should it advance that far:

Jack Curry @JackCurryYES

Davis susp includes post-season, MLB said. Since Balt has 17 reg season gms left, he can't play in first 8 p.s. gms if O's advance that far

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes when the Orioles will be allowed to put Davis back on their roster:

Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

mlb has ruled to allow orioles to place davis on alcs roster while still under ban. so he will be eligible for end of alcs.

Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun provides more details:

Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

Davis called Buck last night to tell him of failed drug test. Buck said he also called several players to tell them. #orioles

ESPN's Buster Olney indicated how he thinks this positive test will impact the rest of the league:

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

No matter the circumstances of Chris Davis's PED test, longstanding denial of use followed by suspension undercuts rep of all clean players.

Davis hit a career-high 53 home runs and drove in 138 runs to go along with a .286 batting average last season. He finished third in the American League MVP voting and was named to his first All-Star team.

While the O's have had more success as a team in 2014, Davis' production has plummeted. The 28-year-old star is currently hitting a paltry .196 with 26 homers and 72 RBI.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post puts the numbers into perspective:

Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

If Davis needs more shame: .196 is worst BA in Baltimore #Orioles history, worst for franchise since Jim Levey .195 (1933 for StL Browns)

ESPN Stats and Info reveals how the Orioles perform without Davis in the lineup:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Orioles are 72-55 this season when Chris Davis plays. They're a whopping 14-4 (.778) when he sits.

Even though Davis is in the midst of a dreadful campaign, his absence will undoubtedly hurt the Orioles. If nothing else, his presence in the lineup keeps opposing pitchers honest and allows the likes of Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz to see some hittable pitches.

Advancing through the AL in the playoffs against potential opponents like the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and others was going to be difficult no matter what, but the mountain just got even steeper for the Orioles.

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