San Diego Padres' Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games For Drug Use
The Major League Baseball commissioner's office Wednesday suspended San Diego Padres centerfielder Cameron Maybin for 25 games without pay after he tested positive for amphetamines.
"I'm disappointed in Cameron's violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but am pleased that he's taking responsibility for his mistake," Padres President and CEO Mike Dee said in a statement. "The joint agreement was put into place to protect both the player and the game, and the Padres fully support it."
The Padres said the suspension will begin immediately. Maybin will be eligible to return to the active roster Aug. 20, when the team is in Los Angeles for the second game of a three-game series against the Dodgers.
He was batting .247 with one home run and nine runs batted in this season.
According to MLB.com, Maybin said his use of the banned substance stemmed from his attention deficit disorder, for which he previously had a "Therapeutic Use Exemption."
"Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive," Maybin said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association.
Last season, the Padres had two players suspended 50 games each for using performance-enhancing drugs.