Yankees minor league lefthander Steve Evarts tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance, and received a 50-game suspension. Major League Baseball announced the penalty on Friday evening, Aug. 5.
The 23-year-old Evarts did not pitch in 2009 or ’10, signed with the Yankees last December and made just seven starts for low Class A Charleston this season. He went 1-5, 5.65 with 27 strikeouts, 21 walks and 42 hits allowed in 36 2/3 innings.
The Braves drafted Evarts in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) of the ’06 draft from Tampa's Robinson High. They released him on June 23, 2009, after he made just 22 appearances in three seasons. Trouble has followed Evarts since high school. He was arrested in 2006 on felony mischief charges and arrested again in 2010 for felony battery and marijuana possession.
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