Orioles 11th-round pick Kevin Grendell suspended 50 games for testing positive for banned substance

September 04, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

TORONTO -- Left-handed pitcher Kevin Grendell, the Orioles' 11th-round pick in this June's amateur draft, has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a substance banned under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Grendell, who was 0-4 with a 7.27 ERA in seven starts with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone, also known as DHEA.

Grendell was selected with the 342nd overall pick out of San Pasqual High School in Escondido, Calif. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Grendell, a UC Irvine recruit, was 7-3 with 3 saves and a 1.48 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings.

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