Say It Ain't Chooch: Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games for Amphetamine Use

Say It Ain't Chooch: Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games for Amphetamine Use

MLB announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for 25 games for Amphetamine use. According to the Inquirer's Matt Gelb's source, Chooch tested positive for Adderall, most commonly used to treat ADHD.

Gelb writes:

Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, according to a league source, an
amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant — not a
steroid — under MLB's policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's
second positive test for the stimulant.

Looks like Erik Kratz is going to play a much bigger role than he anticipated to start the 2013 campaign.

Here's the team's statement:

”The
Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. 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.”

UPDATE: Here's Chooch's statement via ESPN's Jayson Stark:

“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant. 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."

UPDATE2: Here's Chooch's statement in Spanish:

“Estoy sinceramente arrepentido por el error que cometí al tomar un medicamento prohibido.  Quiero disculparme con mis compañeros de equipo, la organización de los Phillies y todos los fanaticos de Philadelphia y del beisbol.   Voy a cumplir con la suspensión de 25 juegos que me han impuestos a principio de la temporada y estaré ansioso de volver al campo a fin de trabajar duro para lograr un nuevo campeonato para Philadelphia en el 2013.”

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P