Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Daniel McCutchen was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Saturday, after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. The suspension is effective immediately.
McCutchen tested positive for Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone. Methenolone is an anabolic steroid that "behaves like testosterone," which allows athletes to practice for longer periods of time without tiring. Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu was suspended by the NBA earlier this year after testing positive for Methenolone.
Trenbolone is often used by body builders, as it helps increase muscle mass.
McCutchen, who turns 31 in September, is currently a member of the Norfolk Tides, Baltimore's AAA affiliate. The right-hander signed a minor league contract with Baltimore after spending four-and-a-half years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen spent most of 2012 in AAA, and finished with a 7-2 record and 2.98 ERA in 65 and 1/3 innings, striking out 55 and walking 14.
McCutchen did make one appearance for the Pirates in 2012, allowing a walk and home run without recording an out and finishing the season with an MLB ERA of infinity.
In 188 and 2/3 career innings, McCutchen is 8-11 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, with 104 strikeouts and 73 walks.