Orioles manager Buck Showalter opted to leave infielder Chris Davis off the ALCS roster.
Major League Baseball suspended the power-hitting Oriole for 25 games in September after he tested positive for amphetamines. With 20 games served, Davis theoretically could have played against the Royals in a series stretched past five games.
”We’re not going to play with 24 for five games,” Showalter explained.
“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,” Davis said at the time. “I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”
Davis posted decent power numbers with 26 home runs and 72 RBI this season. He hit well below the Mendoza Line, though, often proving a liability at the plate just a season after hitting 53 dingers.
Baltimore hosts Kansas City tonight at 8:07 p.m.