BALTIMORE – Orioles minor league pitcher Daniel McCutchen was suspended for 50 games on Saturday for use of a banned substance.
McCutchen, who was assigned to Norfolk tested positive for the performance-enhancing substances Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone, according to a press release sent out by Major League Baseball.
He pitched in 108 games over the past four seasons with Pittsburgh, and has a record of 8-11 with a 4.47 ERA. He was signed by the Orioles last November 14, and was in spring training with the Orioles until March 23 when he was reassigned to minor league camp.
McCutchen intrigued the Orioles, and midway through camp decided to teach him how to throw three-quarters style with the hope of possibly converting him to a sidearmer.
With a Norfolk staff full of relievers with major league experience such as Jairo Asencio, Manny Delcarmen, Mark Hendrickson, Scott Proctor, Adam Russell and Daniel Schlereth, McCutchen’s chances to return to the major leagues were already questionable. Now, they may be nonexistent.
McCutchen’s wife Sarah is a dentist, and he helps run her practice. For the time being, she’ll have some help in the office.