KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former MVP Miguel Tejada was suspended for 105 games on Saturday for testing positive for an amphetamine, one of the longest suspensions given by Major League Baseball.
The 39-year-old infielder for the Kansas City Royals is already on the 60-day disabled list. He is not challenging the penalties and will begin serving the ban immediately.
Tejada previously tested positive under the league's amphetamine policy. That subjected him to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third, both of which occurred while playing for the Royals this season.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a substance had had previously used to treat attention-deficit disorder. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because those details were not made public (see full story).
- The Associated Press
Giants: Pagan begins rehab assignment
The San Francisco Giants could be getting some outfield help back soon.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, via HardBallTalk, Angel Pagan went 0-for-1 with a walk in a minor-league rehab assignment Friday night. The 32-year-old had surgery on his left hamstring to repair a torn tendon in June.
Pagan hasn’t suited up for the Giants since May 25, which he was 2 for 6 with one double, a homer, two RBIs and a run scored in a 6-5 win over the Rockies.
On the season, the switch-hitting centerfielder is hitting .262/.314/.374 with three dingers, 24 RBIs, 10 doubles, one triple and 30 runs as San Fran’s leadoff hitter.
Pagan re-signed with the Giants for four years, $50 million after testing the free agent waters over the winter.
The Giants (54-67) are virtually out of playoff contention with a little more than a month of the season left to play. Sitting in fourth place in the NL West, San Francisco enters Saturday 14 1/2 games out of both wild card spots.
Athletics: Jaso out rest of season?
The Athletics have a chance to move into first place of the AL West with a win over the Cleveland Indians Saturday at O.co Coliseum, but they might have to do it without starting catcher John Jaso for the rest of the season.
Jaso, who has been out since July 24 with a concussion, received good news after meeting with concussion special Dr. Michael Collins earlier in the week. He's expected to make a full recovery, but the A’s aren’t optimistic the 29-year-old backstop will return this year.
“Whether he comes back this year, I’m not sure,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com, via HardBallTalk. “We certainly hold out hope for that, but I don’t think anybody can predict that at this point.”
In his first season with the A’s, Jaso has three homers and 21 RBIs with 12 doubles and 31 runs scored in 70 games.
While Jaso is out of the lineup, Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt have shared catching duties. Norris has played in 81 games -- 11 more than Jaso -- and has eight homers and 25 RBIs on the season.