NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams was suspended Friday for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.
The 25-year-old Adams played in 29 big league games for the Orioles in 2011 and spent most of last season with Triple-A Norfolk. He was on Baltimore's 40-man roster at the time of the test.
Adams was assigned outright on Sept. 14 to Norfolk, where he hit .224 with four homers, 18 doubles and 20 RBIs in 65 games this year. He was an All-Star two years ago in the Double-A Eastern League.
Since infielder Neifi Perez was suspended twice and outfielder Mike Cameron once for banned stimulants in 2007, the only major league player other than Adams penalized for a stimulant violation was Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers in August 2011.
Adams' suspension was announced by the commissioner's office.
There have been five players suspended this year for performance-enhancing drug violations under the big league testing program: San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera and pitcher Guillermo Mota; Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon; Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis; and free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Baseball season has been over for a while, especially for the Orioles - it's been more than two months since Baltimore lost to Toronto in the American League Wild Card game.
When O's lefty Kevin Gausman turned on MLB Network last night, he was probably hoping for some Hot Stove or Intentional Talk, but that is not what he got.
Gausman had a 3.61 ERA last season, the best on the Baltimore's starting rotation. He did give up more home runs (28) than any other O's pitcher, but he also pitched the greatest number of innings.
Fans responded very supportively to Gausman's tweet, saying things like "dude you were nasty this year. No worries," and "It's all good. We still love you Kevin. You're gonna win 20 next year, just watch."
While 20 wins is somewhat of a stretch, Gausman isn't eligible for free agency until 2021, so he has at least a few more seasons with the Orioles to continue improving and remain a key part of their starting five.
On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles announced former pitchers Roger McDowell and Alan Mills will be joining the team for the upcoming season. McDowell will be the Orioles new pitching coach and Mills will coach the bullpen.
Replacing Dave Wallace, who retired from major league coaching at the end of the season, McDowell spent the past 11 years as the Atlanta Braves pitching coach. While in Atlanta he oversaw the development of All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran.
Before his coaching days, he played in the league for 11 seasons as a reliever with a 3.30 ERA and 129 career saves. His last career stop was in Baltimore.
Mills has been a member of the Orioles organization for five seasons, his most recent assignment being in Bowie. There, he served as the pitching coach for the past two seasons.
Both players are former Orioles even played with each other in 1996. A majority of Mills 12 year career was with Baltimore, in the team's bullpen.
Last season, Baltimore's pitching staff averaged a 4.22 ERA (19th in MLB).