What the Foul?
NEW YORK — Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz, who was ejected Saturday for using a foreign substance on his right arm, was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday.
Matusz has appealed the decision and is available to pitch in Monday’s game against the Houston Astros in Baltimore. Matusz declined to comment after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Marlins.
Matusz was the second pitcher in less than a week to be suspended for having a foreign substance on the arm. Brewers pitcher Will Smith was given an eight-game ban on Thursday for the same offense.
Matusz came into the game in the 12th with the score 0-0 and put away the first two batters before Marlins manager Dan Jennings approached home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Baker and the crew chief Paul Emmel then made their way to the mound to look at Matusz’s arm.
“I went out there and told the pitcher I was going to touch his right forearm,” Emmel said. “That’s where he was touching before he went to the ball. I detected a foreign substance, so the pitcher was ejected.”
Matusz is 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 games so far this year.