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.