Orioles third baseman Chris Davis, who was suspended 25 games for using Adderall, reportedly went back on the drug because his ADD/ADHD was making it hard for him to concentrate on the field, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com on Saturday.
Davis told friends his condition made it so he "couldn't see the baseball" and the ball was "a blur" when he was at the plate. He had been prescribed Adderall in the past, but he knew he no longer had a waiver from MLB to take the drug.
The 28-year-old, who hit .286 and led MLB with 53 home runs last season, is hitting only .196 with 26 homers in 127 games this season. His diminished numbers led the pressure to mount on Davis, according to Heyman.
Davis' wife had a baby earlier this year and he also had an intercostal injury at the beginning of the season, two other distractions Heyman noted as potential reasons why he's struggled.
Davis had spoken out against PEDs last year during his breakout season.
The Orioles, who led the AL East by 11 games entering play on Saturday, will be without Davis for some, if not all, of their playoff run.
- Chris Mascaro