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O's Minor Leaguer McCutchen suspended for PED use


Daniel McCutchen, an Orioles Minor League pitcher with four years of big league experience, received a 50-game suspension on Saturday following a positive test for performance-enhancing substances.

The suspension, effective immediately and without pay, stems from McCutchen's violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The 30-year-old tested positive for methenolone and a metabolite of trenbolone, according to a news release from Major League Baseball. He is on the roster of Baltimore's Triple-A Norfolk affiliate.

McCutchen joined the Orioles organization as a free agent in November after spending four years with the Pirates. The right-hander compiled an 8-11 record and 4.77 ERA with Pittsburgh from 2009-12. He posted a 6.14 ERA in seven appearances with the Orioles this spring. In his lone outing with Norfolk, he surrendered four runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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