St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis
has been reinstated from the restricted list after completing his 25-game
suspension for amphetamine use.
The 2013 MLB home run champion will bat fifth as the designated hitter for
Tuesday’s game at Tampa Bay.
Davis’ suspension, the result of a positive test for the stimulant Adderall,
began in September of last season and kept him ineligible for Baltimore’s run
to the AL Championship Series. The power-hitting first baseman completed his
ban by sitting out Monday’s 6-2 Opening Day win over the Rays.
The 29-year-old has since received a therapeutic use exemption for Vyvanse, a
drug used to treat attention-deficit disorder.
Davis belted a franchise-record 53 homers and also topped the majors with 138
RBI during his banner 2013 campaign, finishing third in voting for the AL’s
Most Valuable Player Award. He struggled to a .196 average last season,
however, and saw his home run total drop to 26 over 127 games.
Catcher Steve Clevenger was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for
Davis on the active roster.