Righthander Daniel McCutchen made a rocky relief appearance for Triple-A Norfolk in the team’s first game of the season on Friday, but now he won’t be heard from again for nearly two months following news that he has been suspended for 50 games without pay.
Major League Baseball announced in a Saturday press release that the 30-year-old Orioles farmhand has tested positive for two performance-enhancing substances, Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone. In his lone outing for the Tides, McCutchen allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings, walking two and allowing three other baserunners via hits.
McCutchen signed with Baltimore last November after becoming a minor league free agent for the first time. He spent the previous four and a half seasons in the Pirates system, logging a 4.77 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 189 innings for Pittsburgh but spending just as much time with Triple-A Indianapolis. The Yankees selected McCutchen in the 13th round of the 2006 draft, only to trade him—along with Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens and Ross Ohlendorf—to the Pirates for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte at the ’08 trade deadline.