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Phillies´ Ruiz hit with drug ban

28 November 2012 07:41

Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 MLB season after returning a positive drugs test.

The All-Star representative tested positive for amphetamines on Tuesday - his second positive test for a stimulant.

The ban will take effect at the start of the 2013 regular season, allowing Ruiz to take part in spring training, but then sidelining him until the end of April.

"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant," Ruiz said in a statement.

"I apologise to my team-mates, the Phillies organisation, and the Philadelphia fans.

"I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013."

The 33-year-old from Panama enjoyed a career-best year for Philadelphia, hitting .325 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 68 runs batted in.

"The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball's drug program. We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr said.

"We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-calibre baseball in 2013."

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