For the first time, it looks like MLB’s new foreign substance rules have uncovered a bad guy: Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago.
Santiago underwent a foreign substance test in the fifth inning of the Seattle game against the White Sox and was sent off by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. The referees kept Santiago’s glove as proof after he left the field.
Hector Santiago becomes the first MLB pitcher to be ejected for alleged use of foreign substances since the new rule was implemented.pic.twitter.com/MWusU7Cskm
– Sports news (@sportingnews) June 27, 2021
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Mariners manager Scott Servais claimed after the game that the substance on Santiago’s glove was rosin. This is partly why the Santiago glove was taken. It is sent for analysis.
Scott Servais in his post-game media meeting said referee Phil Cuzzi said he smelled something sticky in the glove, Servais said it was rosin. The glove is sent for analysis.
– Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) June 27, 2021
Santiago pitched 2 1/3 innings before he was sent off. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out four on strikes.
The Mariners could now be deprived of Santiago in the long term following his expulsion, as players caught using foreign substances face 10-game suspensions via revised MLB foreign substance rules, implemented on June 21. Seattle will not be able to replace Santiago on the list if he is, in fact, guilty of using a foreign substance.
Santiago, 33, has been playing MLB since 2011 and pitched for six different organizations. The veteran has posted a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings pitched this season, with 23 strikeouts in nine appearances in his first season with the Mariners.