Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine, a banned substance.
The 33-year-old catcher was an All-Star for the first time this year, when he hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs.
“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. “I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.”
Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games.
“The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s drug program,” the team said. “We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program. We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013.”
Ruiz became the eighth player suspended this year under the major league testing program, the second for amphetamines following Baltimore shortstop Ryan Adams. The eight suspensions are the most since 2007.
There have been 102 suspensions under the minor league testing program.