Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Grendell, who was an 11th-round pick in June’s draft out of a California high school, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance called Dehydroepiandrosterone.
Grendell had been pitching in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where the left-hander got knocked around for 15 runs in 17 innings during his pro debut.
Because the minor-league season is over he’ll have to sit out the first couple months of next year.
According to my extensive Wikipedia research Dehydroepiandrosterone is a steroid hormone and the same drug NBA players O.J. Mayo and Rashard Lewis were suspended for using a few years back. It is legal to buy in the United States as a dietary supplement.
A lot of people in the comments to Bill’s posts on the Urena-Acuña posts last night and in response to my rant about it in the recaps and on Twitter this morning, have talked about how silly writers don’t understand the culture of baseball and how pitchers have been brushing back batters for years. One guy said that old players would laugh at me for my naive notions about such matters and that, to make it as a pitcher, you have to brush guys back and reclaim the inside of the plate and make the hitter uncomfortable in the box.
I think that’s all b.s. obviously, but they are right about one thing: I don’t play baseball and baseball players probably know this stuff better. With that in mind, I’m going to defer to seven-time All-Star Michael Young’s thoughts on the matter of brushbacks and purpose pitches:
If you think you know more about this than Michael Young, you now have his Twitter handle and can tell him yourself.