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Carlos Ruiz Suspended for Use of Banned Substance

Chooch is definitely one of, if not the, biggest part of the Phillies and losing him for 25 games can be crucial.

All-Star Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended the first 25 games of the 2013 season today by Major League Baseball after testing positive to an amphetamine known as Adderall which is used to treat ADD. The soon to be 34-year old catcher had a career year in 2012, hitting .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in 114 games. Ruiz will be allowed to play with the team during spring training, including exhibition games. The Phillies exercised a $5 million club option on Ruiz in October. He will be a free agent after 2013.

Erik Kratz will likely serve as the replacement for Chooch for the first 25 games. In 141 at-bats last year, Kratz filled in nicely for Chooch while he was battling an Achilles injury, hitting .248, nine doubles, nine homers, and 26 RBIs.

The MLB banned amphetamines and other stimulants after the 2005 season. Players must have the amphetamine doctor-approved, but it seems Ruiz did not get a waiver from the MLB. Under the Joint Drug Policy, a player must test positive on two occasions to earn a 25 game suspension. A third violation of the policy will result in a suspension for 80 games.

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Author:Curran Aiyer

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