Rookie-level pitcher suspended for HGH

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates Minor League pitcher Michael Clemens received a 68-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Monday for possession and use of human growth hormone (HGH).

Clemens, a 17th-round selection by the Pirates in June's First-Year Player Draft, was playing for Rookie-level Bristol. His suspension is effective immediately.

In 13 professional appearances, the right-hander allowed two earned runs in 18 innings (1.00 ERA) and recorded 20 strikeouts.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.