Major League Baseball is in arguably its’ most exciting time of the year. The races for division titles are heating up and teams are making that final push to make the two wild card spots. One thing is certain though, each potential World Series contending team will need to be at full strength to make a significant run in the post season.
The Baltimore Orioles have been missing the likes of two All-Star bats with third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Matt Weiters both being ruled out for the remainder of the regular season and post season, but have fortunately kept a stranglehold on the American League East Division. On Friday, things got a little harder for the Orioles.
According to Major League Baseball Public Relations, Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis has been suspended for 25 games due to testing positive for amphetamines.
#Orioles 1B Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for an Amphetamine.
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) September 12, 2014
Davis had a career year last season for the Orioles, but has not had a repeat performance this season. Although he is having a down year, he still ranks in the top three in homeruns (26), and RBI’s (72) on the Orioles roster.
The Orioles have only 17 games remaining in the regular season, so Davis’ suspension will continue into the playoffs for the first eight games, if the Orioles were to advance that far.
Losing Davis is a huge blow for the Orioles in the power department of their lineup. They will now rely heavily on star outfielder Adam Jones, and resurging designated hitter Nelson Cruz to carry the load on offense.