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Mike Pelfrey reveals Adderall use after Miguel Tejada's suspension

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10:40 AM ET 08.18 | Miguel Tejada's 105-game suspension for unauthorized use of a medication resonated with Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Since 2009, Pelfrey has used Adderall to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the right-hander revealed for the first time Saturday. That was reportedly the same medication for which Tejada tested positive, prompting the third-longest non-lifetime suspension in baseball history. The difference is Tejada's therapeutic use exemption had expired, while Pelfrey has taken the appropriate steps to renew his exemption each year. He stays in contact with the New York-based doctor who diagnosed him at age 25, while he was pitching for the New York Mets. Under baseball's joint drug program, two consultations may be conducted over the phone, while one must be in person each year. Pelfrey visited his doctor last month when the Twins were in New York to play the Yankees. "You understand you have to renew it every year," Pelfrey told the Pioneer Press. "Maybe that was what happened. Maybe (Tejada) didn't renew it."

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August 18, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Just an end run around the ban on greenies. There's always a doctor willing to give a prescription.

August 18, 2013  11:45 AM ET

Save it Miguel. No one is buying the story used over and over and over....

August 18, 2013  12:33 PM ET

Miguel has lasted a long time and made a lot of money off of "Adderall" over the years.... He has no complaint....

August 18, 2013  01:51 PM ET
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Miguel has lasted a long time and made a lot of money off of "Adderall" over the years.... He has no complaint....

Isn't modern medicine a wonderful thing?

August 18, 2013  03:16 PM ET

I'm really surprised no one noticed his issue with ADHD until he was 25. /sarcasm.

 
August 18, 2013  04:34 PM ET

Though diagnosed in kindergarten, I wasn't prescribed anything for my ADHD until I was 25 & in college. I went from a C student - rarely able to focus long enough to complete nightly homework - to an academic beast with straight A's that could focus for hours at a time, uninterrupted, for the rest of college. Late prescriptions from doctors that care are just as common as shill docs that inappropriately prescribe. It happens.

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