Former Merced star Gamboa suspended for using PED

06/13/2014 7:58 PM

06/13/2014 11:01 PM

Former Merced High star Eddie Gamboa has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for using a banned substance.

The Baltimore Orioles minor-league pitcher tested positive for exogenous Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Gamboa’s suspension will be without pay and begin immediately.

Gamboa was 4-5 with a 4.06 ERA this season as a starter for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate for the Orioles. He had 74 strikeouts in just under 78 innings pitched.

The 29-year old right-hander was drafted by the Orioles out of UC Davis in the 21st round in 2008. Last year Gamboa converted to a knuckleball pitcher.

Gamboa led the Bears to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship in 2002 with a victory over Elk Grove in the championship series. Gamboa pitched a complete-game victory in the first game and then came back the next day to close out the championship in relief.

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