Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters that first baseman Chris Davis has received a therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall for next season. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis still has to sit out Opening Day next season for unauthorized use of Adderall, but he will be allowed to use the ADHD medication legally next season.
Chris Davis still will miss Opening Day next season while completing a 25-game suspension for unauthorized use of Adderall, but the Orioles slugger now has Major League Baseball's permission to take the drug in 2015 for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he was told by Davis that the first baseman has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall next season.
"It's a good thing," Showalter said during the 36th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids at Dave & Buster's in Arundel Mills. "Yeah, he told me he was approved for it."
Davis has served all but one game of his suspension for a second failed test for an amphetamine that he said was Adderall. He missed the final 17 games of the 2014 regular season and all seven of the Orioles' postseason games. The final game of Davis' suspension will be Opening Day next year.
"He'll take a day off," Showalter said. "It'll be his last day off of the year, hopefully."
During his time with the Texas Rangers, Davis was diagnosed with ADHD and received multiple therapeutic use exemptions for Adderall. The exemptions must be applied for and granted by Dr. Jeffrey M. Anderson, the independent program administrator of the joint drug prevention and treatment program. Anderson typically grants exemptions for a one-year period.
After the Orioles acquired Davis in July 2011, he re-applied for an exemption — believed to be for the 2012 season — and was denied. Davis did not re-apply after that, and it is believed he did not have an exemption for 2012 or 2013, when he hit a club-record 53 home runs, according to sources.
There are still questions why Davis was granted an exemption one year and not others and also why he stopped applying for exemptions.
Davis was one of 12 major leaguers who were disciplined last season, including eight for unauthorized use of Adderall, according to a public report of MLB's joint drug prevention and treatment program that was released earlier this month. Left-handed reliever Troy Patton also was suspended in 2014, sitting out the first 25 games of the season before the Orioles traded him to the San Diego Padres in May.
Meanwhile, the number of exemptions being granted by MLB is declining. The league issued 113 therapeutic use exemptions for the 2014 season, including 112 for attention deficit disorder or ADHD, according to the public report. That number is down from 2013, when 122 exemptions were granted, including 119 for ADD/ADHD.
Of the 112 therapeutic use exemptions for ADD/ADHD in 2014, an industry source said 11 were new applications and 101 were renewals. There is no deadline to apply for a therapeutic use exemption, and the player is required to re-apply for renewal upon expiration.
Davis, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, has not spoken publicly about the suspension or why he was denied an exemption or failed to re-apply. Per the rules of the joint drug prevention and treatment program, an MLB spokesperson said the league can't comment on anything in regards to Davis.