Lengthy PEDs suspension likely to spell end of Miguel Tejada's career

Dominican Republic's Miguel Tejada gives a thumbs-up toward the stands during the 2013 World...

Dominican Republic's Miguel Tejada gives a thumbs-up toward the stands during the 2013 World Baseball Classic in March, 2013. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

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Miguel Tejada's major league career is likely over after receiving a 105-game suspension in violation of Major League Baseball's drug police after testing twice positive for performance enhancing drugs.

Tejada's suspension encompasses the final 41 games this season and the first 64 in 2014. Tejada, who played 58 games this season with the Royals after not playing in the majors last year, turns 40 next May.

Tejada opted not to appeal the suspension, although he mentioned a medical condition for taking the drug Adderall, which is often used as a remedy for attention deficit disorder.

"I apologize to my teammates, the Royals' organization and to the Kansas City fans," Tejada said in a release through the players' association. "I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat.

"I took that medication while reapplying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so."

Tejada's suspension, while embarrassing to the organization and surprising many of his teammates, should have little effect on the Royals as the club remains in the playoff race.

While he became the starting second baseman in late July, he went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10 with a calf injury and was transferred 60-day list, which basically ended his season.

The Royals were 13-9 when he was the starting second baseman. He also started one games at first and 18 at third base. He went 3-for-11 as a pinch hitter.

"He was awesome while he was here," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't have much of an impact for us because he was already out for the year with the calf."

Tejada, the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player while with the Athletics, becomes the third MVP to be given a drug suspension in the past month, joining Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez.

Tejada will forfeit about $250,000 salary for the remainder of this season.


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