The suspension of the 2002 American League MVP is effective immediately, the Office of the Commissoner announced Saturday.
“I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans,” Tejada said in a statement. “I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat. I took that medication while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so.”
Tejada had previously tested positive under the league’s amphetamine policy, so he was subject to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third, both of which occurred while playing for the Royals this season.
Tejada’s ban is the third-longest non-lifetime suspension handed down by MLB, behind Alex Rodriguez’s pending 211-game ban and Steve Howe’s 119-game sanction in 1992. He also is the third former MVP to be suspended this season under baseball’s drug program, joining Rodriguez and Ryan Braun (65 games) of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Yahoo Sports! reported Tejada’s suspension comes after the 39-year-old twice tested positive for Adderall.
Tejada, who signed a one-year deal with the Royals last offseason, will begin serving the suspension while on the 60-day disabled list with a strained calf muscle. He would need to fulfill the remainder of the suspension next season before he’s eligible to play.
Tejada was hitting .288 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games before getting hurt.
In 2009, Tejada became the first high-profile player convicted of a crime stemming from baseball’s steroids era when he plead guilty to misleading Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Under a plea agreement with the same prosecutors that pursued a perjury indictment against Roger Clemens, Tejada admitted he withheld information about an ex-teammate’s use of steroids and human growth hormone when questioned by a House committee’s investigators in August 2005.
Tejada, a six-time All-Star, also previously acknowledged he bought HGH while playing for the Oakland Athletics, but said he threw the drugs away without using them.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
This article was originally posted on ESPN.com