MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - INSIDE PITCH
Miguel Tejada's major league career is likely over after receiving a 105-game suspension in violation of Major League Baseball's drug police after testing twice positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Tejada's suspension encompasses the final 41 games this season and the first 64 in 2014. Tejada, who played 58 games this season with the Royals after not playing in the majors last year, turns 40 next May.
Tejada opted not to appeal the suspension, although he mentioned a medical condition for taking the drug Adderall, which is often used as a remedy for attention deficit disorder.
"I apologize to my teammates, the Royals' organization and to the Kansas City fans," Tejada said in a release through the players' association. "I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat.
"I took that medication while reapplying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so."
Tejada's suspension, while embarrassing to the organization and surprising many of his teammates, should have little effect on the Royals as the club remains in the playoff race.
While he became the starting second baseman in late July, he went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10 with a calf injury and was transferred 60-day list, which basically ended his season.
The Royals were 13-9 when he was the starting second baseman. He also started one games at first and 18 at third base. He went 3-for-11 as a pinch hitter.
"He was awesome while he was here," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't have much of an impact for us because he was already out for the year with the calf."
Tejada, the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player while with the Athletics, becomes the third MVP to be given a drug suspension in the past month, joining Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez.
Tejada will forfeit about $250,000 salary for the remainder of this season.
MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost two
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Tuesday -- White Sox (LHP John Danks, 2-10, 4.54) at Royals (RHP Ervin Santana, 8-6, 3.19)
--LHP Bruce Chen paid the price for giving 3B Miguel Cabrera a first-pitch fastball that was up above the strike zone -- a two-run home run that got Detroit off to a 2-0 start in a game it won, 6-3. "Bruce, his last four or five starts was razor sharp," manager Ned Yost said. "This start, not quite as much." Then in the third he put a ball too much over the plate and Cabrera lined it to left for an RBI single. "We were trying to get it in(side)," Yost said. "That goes on me. When you're trying to pitch around a guy you can't throw him a strike. But as I said, that goes on me."
--RHP Ervin Santana looks to get over .500 in his career against the Chicago White Sox when he pitches against them Tuesday. Santana is 5-5 in 16 games against Chicago with a 4.06 ERA. He will have pitched 100 career innings against the White Sox when he gets his first out. Santana had a no-decision in his most recent start.
--3B Mike Moustakas did not play Sunday at Detroit. His return to the lineup Saturday after a four-day absence ended when he tired in the sixth inning. "He'll get this day off and then we're off Monday," manager Ned Yost said. "He feels the same basically as he did Saturday. He could pinch-hit if needed."
--DH Billy Butler might be coming around to a hot streak again. Butler was 4-for-16 in the first four games, all singles, until hitting a single plus a home run Sunday. (1B Eric) Hosmer's been hot," Manager Ned Yost said, "but Butler has not." He traditionally has hit well against Detroit but lately has been confined largely to hitting singles.
--UTL Emilio Bonifacio has played well as a recent acquisition for Kansas City. He doubled to drive in a run Sunday and that was the 500th hit of his career. Bonifacio has played center field and third base for the Royals while hitting .263.
--INF Miguel Tejada was added to the restricted list after being suspended 105 games Saturday. He was suspended uunder MLB's drug police after testing twice positive for performance enhancing drugs. Tejada's suspension encompasses the final 41 games this season and the first 64 in 2014.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We play them six more times. We've been competitive with them all season. We won two of five in this series and had an opportunity to win three of five. To call this a measurement series, I don't buy that." -- Manager Ned Yost after a 6-3 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - ROSTER REPORT
--3B Mike Moustakas (strained left calf) left the Aug. 12 game and did not play Aug. 13-16. He returned to the lineup briefly Aug. 17 and was out again Aug. 18.
--OF Lorenzo Cain (pulled left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9. He received cortisone shot Aug. 14 for his pulled left oblique and remained in Kansas City for treatment. It is doubtful he will be activated before Sept. 1.
--RHP Felipe Paulino (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day list Feb. 12. He began a rehab assignment June 11 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas but was shut down after one start because of lower-back stiffness. He finally started a new rehab assignment with Northwest Arkansas on Aug. 3, and he moved to Triple-A Omaha on Aug. 8. He made his fourth rehab start with Omaha on Aug 13.
--INF Miguel Tejada (strained right calf) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 11, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 14. He was added to the restricted list after being suspended 105 games Aug. 17.
RHP James Shields
RHP Ervin Santana
RHP Jeremy Guthrie
LHP Bruce Chen
RHP Wade Davis
LHP Will Smith
RHP Greg Holland (closer)
RHP Aaron Crow
LHP Tim Collins
RHP Luke Hochevar
RHP Luis Mendoza
RHP Louis Coleman
RHP Kelvin Herrera
1B Eric Hosmer
2B Chris Getz
SS Alcides Escobar
3B Mike Moustakas
DH Billy Butler
INF Jamey Carroll
INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio
LF Alex Gordon
CF Jarrod Dyson
RF David Lough
OF Justin Maxwell (bereavement list)