I realize it’s not Yankees news but here’s the statement from Major League Baseball Carlos Ruiz’s suspension:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Ruiz is effective at the start of the 2013 regular season. He will be eligible to participate in Spring Training, including in Spring Training games.
Some people were surprised to find out that the suspensions vary according to the drug found in your system. Since Ruiz tested positive for Amphetamines and not steroids, his suspension is only 25 games. Still, it’s not a good situation for him or the Phillies.
33-year-old Ruiz batted .325/.394/.540/.935 in 114 games for the Phillies in 2012.