Baseball: Tejada banned 105 games for amphetamine use

Former American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada has been banned 105 games after testing positive for amphetamines, Major League Baseball said Saturday.

Major League Baseball's statement gave no further details, saying only that the Kansas City Royals infielder's suspension would take effect immediately.

Yahoo! Sports reported the length of Tejada's suspension was based on the fact that he tested positive twice.

Tejada will not appeal the penalty. In a statement issued through the players' union he said his positive test stemmed from his use of a drug to treat a medical condition.

"I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans," Tejada said.

"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, 39, has been on the disabled list since last Sunday, a day after he exited a loss to Boston with a strained right calf.