On Wednesday, after the first official workout of the spring, Carlos Ruiz spoke to the media for the first time since Major League Baseball handed him a 25-game suspension in late November.
Ruiz violated MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy when he tested positive for Adderall, which is commonly used to address attention deficit disorder.
Ruiz isn’t restricted from any activities this spring, including Grapefruit League games, but he won’t play in a regular season game until Sunday, April 28 at Citi Field in New York.
Here is some of what Ruiz said in a press gathering in Clearwater:
“First I want to apologize to my organization, the fans, my teammates, my whole family,” Ruiz said. “I feel so bad for this. I'm trying to put everything behind me and do my best this year and bring a championship back to Philadelphia.”
What was your reaction when suspension came down?
"For me, it's hard, man. I lose something for 25 games and I want to be on the field. I want to play. At the same time I feel like I have the support of my good friends. It'll be great to come back and do my best. I got caught … and I have to pay for that. I want to put that behind and now focus on this year and give it 100 percent for the city and organization."
Feel you have to prove your career-year last year wasn’t simply because you took a PED?
"I am working really hard. I trust myself to put up some good numbers. But at the same time, baseball is baseball. You have to work hard every day, and when you work hard, you get a lot of good things."
Who was it toughest to talk to after this happened?
"Everybody. I feel so sorry."
Is it possible to get a prescription so you can take Adderall legally?
"That's something that between my doctor and me. Major League Baseball has rules, and when make a mistake, you're going to pay. So I'll pay my 25 games, and I apologize to my teammates, my organization, my family and fans, and I'm ready to put everything behind and get ready for the regular season."