The Baltimore Orioles’ relief pitcher Troy Patton has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 25 games of the upcoming 2014 season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.
The pitcher told The Baltimore Sun that he took Adderall, a banned substance commonly used to treat ADHD, four days before the season ended, in an attempt to improve his short-term focus.
“I took one because I was stupid,” Patton told the Sun. “It was the end of the season. It was just a stupid mistake.”
“I don’t have trouble focusing all the time, it just enhances focus in certain situations, and I was just tired, basically. I don’t want to list that as an excuse. I know I took a banned substance. It was just a poor lapse in judgment,” said Patton.
The 28-year-old leftie was 2-0 this season with a 3.70 ERA this year in 56 relief appearances.
This is Patton’s second time testing positive for Adderall, which means that he is suspended for 25 games, according to MLB policy. Patton first tested positive for the drug back in 2010 during spring training.
The pitcher became the 15th player suspended this year, following the 14 players that were penalized as a result of the MLB’s Biogenesis investigation earlier this year.
Orioles vice president Dan Duquette said the team was “disappointed to learn of Troy Patton’s suspension.”
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