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Phillies Catcher Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamines

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, coming off of a career season, was suspended 25 games today.

The All-Star catcher was said to have been using and amphetamine called Aderall, which is an energy booster, an agent used to mask steroid use. He will miss the first 25 games of the 2013 season.

Ruiz released a statement after the announcement:

“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement. “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.”

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Phillies Prospect Tyson Gillies Suspended For Outburst With Bus Driver

Gillies (Akira Suwa/Inquirer)

READING, PA — The other day, it was found out that Phillies centerfield prospect Tyson Gillies was suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Today, details came out on why Gillies was given a ban.

Gillies, 23, of the AA Reading Phillies, was suspended an undisclosed amount of games for an outburst on an R-Phils bus driver.

Matt Gelb writes that Gillies was emotional according to a source because he had re-injured his hamstring just days after returning from a concussion that kept him out of action for seven weeks.

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Galvis Suspended 50 Games for PEDs

Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games for PEDs.

Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.

In a statement by Galvis: “A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample.”

The suspension begins immediately for Galvis, who is on the DL with a back fracture.

Galvis’ full statement [via Phillies Nation]:

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Manuel Suspended One Game

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was suspended one game for his altercation with home plate umpire Bob Davidson in the 8th inning on Tuesday’s game against Arizona.

Manuel will serve his one-game suspension tonight against the Red Sox.

Davidson was also suspended one game as well for his “repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling.”

Victorino’s suspension reduced to 2 games

The week-long appeal by Shane Victorino on his pending suspension came to a close.

Victorino had his original three-game suspension reduced to two games. His suspension will start tonight. He’ll be able to re-enter the line up on Saturday.

HOWARD UPDATE — Ryan Howard had his hand examined and everything checked out okay for him. He will get a day off and Ross Gload will start tonight for the Phillies at first base.

Victorino suspended three games; No Giants suspended

UPDATE 2 — Phillies Nation’s blog was wrong. No Giants were suspended. Eli Whiteside and Ramon Ramirez were fined, which is total bull crap.

Here is MLB’s statement, which was obviously released while they were high on some good stuff:

“Victorino’s aggressive actions prolonged the bench-clearing incident between the Clubs.”

Placido Polanco was also fined for being tackled. It cost him money to have a catcher put on an embarrassing display of tackling. Good job, MLB. I hope you thanked Tim Lincecum for the weed he shared with you.

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