Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis received clearance from Major League Baseball to use Adderall in the 2015 season, manager Buck Showalter told reporters Tuesday.
Davis was suspended 25 games in September for testing positive for amphetamines. He blamed the violation of MLB's drug program on his use of Adderall, which is banned by MLB but commonly prescribed to patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
"It's a good thing," Showalter said, according to ESPN, in reference to Davis gaining therapeutic use exemption for Adderall. "Yeah, he told me he was approved for it."
After appearing in 127 games, Davis missed Baltimore's final 17 regular-season games and the postseason. The Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, but were then swept by the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series.
Davis hit .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI last season, one year after his All-Star 2013 campaign in which he played 160 games, hit .286 and led baseball with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs.
Davis was acquired by the Orioles in a 2011 trade with the Texas Rangers. According to The Baltimore Sun, Davis was diagnosed with ADHD during his time with the Rangers and received multiple therapeutic use exemptions. After his trade to the Orioles, Davis reportedly re-applied for an exemption in 2012, but was denied. According to the Sun, he did not re-apply after that rejection.
- Mike Fiammetta