Davis' suspension will linger to Opening Day 2015

Davis' suspension will linger to Opening Day 2015

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will finish out his 25-game suspension by missing Opening Day next season.

Davis, who was with the team at Kauffman Stadium, declined to speak to a group of reporters following Baltimore's season-ending 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.

"I don't think so, guys," Davis said as he walked past several media members. "I still got one game left."

The suspension, for violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program, caused Davis to miss the final 17 regular-season games, leaving him with eight games to serve. The O's three-game sweep of the Tigers in the American League Division Series and four-game sweep at the hands of the Royals in the ALCS means the All-Star slugger has one more game to go.

Davis, who was working out at the team's spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., in the event the Orioles made it to the World Series, has not spoken to the media since issuing a statement through the MLB Players Association shortly after the news broke.

"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans," the statement said. "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, who led the Majors in home runs a season ago, hit 26 homers with 72 RBIs in 127 games this year, but he batted just .196 with a Major League-leading 173 strikeouts.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.