Orioles’ Matusz Suspended 8 Games for Foreign Substance

For the second time in less than a week, the MLB has suspended a pitcher for the use of a foreign substance. Earlier in the week it was the Milwaukee Brewers’ Will Smith. Now, it’s Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz.

Matusz was ejected on Saturday for using a sticky substance found on his right arm. The substance was found after Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings approached home plate umpire Jordan Baker about it.

Earlier in the week, Smith was ejected for also having a sticky substance on his non-throwing forearm. He was caught when Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed out the substance to the home plate umpire as well.

Each player received 8-game suspensions. Both players are appealing.

Matusz will be available tonight as the Orioles host the Houston Astros.

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