Orioles slugger Chris Davis was on hand for the team’s annual FanFest today and opened up about the 25-game Adderall suspension which put an end to his disappointing 2014 campaign and left him on the sidelines during the playoffs.
Davis was suspended because he was found to have tested positive on two occasions for Adderall. Players are allowed to take the drug if they receive a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) from MLB. This is something Davis had in previous years, but for some reason he didn’t have it last year.
According to Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com, below is part of Davis’ explanation:
“I took it a couple of times. It was a moment of weakness,” Davis said. “I wish I could go back and undo it.”
Davis, who fell back sharply from his 53 home run season in 2013, said that Adderall helps him concentrate because he has Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s not a performance-enhancer, he says.
“It was never a baseball issue. It was an everyday life thing,” Davis said.
Obviously many beg to differ about whether Adderall is a performance-enhancer. Davis, who was originally diagnosed with ADD in 2008, has a TUE for Adderall this year. He still has one game remaining on his suspension from last year, so he will have to sit out Opening Day before rejoining the Orioles lineup. However, he will be eligible to play during spring training.
The Padres turned out in remarkable fashion on Saturday, following up on Friday’s 6-3 win with a decisive 19-run effort to take the series from the Blue Jays. Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill spun six strong innings, holding Toronto to three runs and striking out nine of 22 batters, but it was the Padres’ offense that really sealed the deal.
Of the 19 runs they put up, seven landed for home runs — establishing a franchise-best record for most home runs amassed during a single game.
Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler went back-to-back for the first two homers, each coming off of an Edwin Jackson pitch in the second inning. Myers’ 351-foot blast was his eighth of the season, while Kinsler’s 382-footer marked his sixth so far this spring. Two innings later, in the fourth, Jackson once again set the table for Austin Hedges, who promptly went yard with the first grand slam of his five-year career in the majors and boosted the Padres to a six-run advantage.
The home runs came for the Blue Jays, too — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plucked one from a bouquet of sliders in the second, while Justin Smoak collected his ninth homer on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth — but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the Padres. In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe took his turn against Derek Law and punched a two-run shot out to center field. He returned in the eighth for a second helping, sandwiching another 376-foot home run in between a solo homer from Eric Hosmer and a two-RBI knock from Myers, too.
By the time the dust settled, the Padres had gathered 19 runs on 20 hits. They finished the game just one run shy of tying their single-game record for runs scored, a feat no Padres’ lineup has replicated since their 20-7 rout of the Expos on May 19, 2001.