Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball without pay for testing positive for an amphetamine.
Major League Baseball's official Twitter feed posted the news this afternoon.
”The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program," the Phillies said in a statement. "We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013.”
Ruiz had a career-season in 2012, hitting .325 with 32 doubles, 16 home runs, 68 RBIs, a .394 on-base percentage, a .540 slugging percentage and a .935 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant," Ruiz said in a statement released by the players' union. "I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization, and the Philadelphia fans.
"I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013."
Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games.
Ruiz became the eighth player suspended this year under the major league testing program, the second for amphetamines following Baltimore shortstop Ryan Adams. The eight suspensions are the most since 2007.
There have been 102 suspensions under the minor league testing program.