Orioles minor leaguer Daniel McCutchen suspended for banned substances

Right-hander Daniel McCutchen, whom the Orioles signed to a minor league deal this winter and was sent out of camp March 23, has been suspended for 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy for using a banned substance.

According to a Major League Baseball press release, McCutchen tested positive for Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone. The suspension begins immediately.

McCutchen, 29, was 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA in 7 1/3 innings over seven games this spring with the Orioles. On a suggestion by Orioles manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair, McCutchen was attempting to re-invent himself as a sidearmer.

He was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk, where he allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings over one appearance for the Tides (21.60 ERA).

McCutchen spent parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 8-11 with a 4.77 ERA in 108 big league games (15 starts).

It was obvious he was not going to make the big league club during spring training, but Showalter was intrigued about how he would do with a different arm angle.

The Orioles signed McCutchen as a minor league free agent on Nov. 12.

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