For the first time, it looks like MLB’s new rules about foreign substances have unearthed a wrongdoer: Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago.
Santiago was subjected to a foreign substance check in the fifth inning of Seattle’s game against the White Sox and was ejected by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. The umpires kept Santiago’s glove for evidence after his departure from the field.
Hector Santiago becomes the first MLB pitcher ejected for suspected foreign substance use since the new rule was implemented.pic.twitter.com/MWusU7Cskm
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 27, 2021
Mariners manager Scott Servais claimed after the game that the substance on Santiago’s glove was rosin. That’s part of why Santiago’s glove was taken. It’s being sent out for analysis.
Scott Servais in his post game meeting with the media said that umpire Phil Cuzzi said he felt something sticky in the glove, Servais says it was rosin. Glove gets sent for analysis.
— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) June 27, 2021
Santiago pitched 2 1/3 innings before his ejection. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out four.
The Mariners may now be without Santiago long-term in wake of his ejection, as players caught using foreign substances are subject to 10-game suspensions via MLB’s revised foreign substance rules, implemented on June 21. Seattle will not be able to replace Santiago on the roster if he is, in fact, guilty of using a foreign substance.
Santiago, 33, has played in MLB since 2011 and has 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 during his first season with the Mariners.