MLB SAYS TE­JADA NOT LINKED TO SCAN­DAL

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Miguel Te­jada, the Kansas City Royals in­fielder sus­pended for 105 games last week af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for am­phet­a­mines, was not in­volved in the Bio­gen­e­sis dop­ing scan­dal, Ma­jor League Base­ball said on Wed­nes­day.

An ESPN re­port on Tues­day said Te­jada was in­volved in the Mi­ami clinic that was linked to dop­ing along with a host of play­ers in the big­gest per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drug scan­dal to hit the sport, but a state­ment by MLB de­nied the claim.

“The Of­fice of the Com­mis­sioner in­ves­ti­gated all al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing play­ers as­so­ci­ated with An­thony Bosch and Bio­gen­e­sis,” the state­ment said. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no vi­o­la­tion by Miguel Te­jada of the Joint Drug Preven­tion and Treat­ment Pro­gram.”

Te­jada, whose pos­i­tive test was his third for am­phet­a­mines, said he had a ther­a­peu­tic use ex­emp­tion that ex­pired in April.

Te­jada, 39, was the Amer­i­can League’s Most Valu­able Player in 2002 and this sea­son was bat­ting .288 with three home runs and 20 runs bat­ted in for the Royals.

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