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.”

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.