left-handed sailor Hector Santiago Was kicked out of today’s game against the White Sox by home referee Phil Cuzzi following a foreign substance review during the innings. Chelsea Janes from the Washington Post were among those to relay. Santiago’s gloves were confiscated (Ben Verlander of Fox Sports provided video of the incident).
Suppose Santiago’s ejection was the result of a referee detecting a foreign substance. He will be suspended for 10 days under the terms of a Major League batting restraining order. He will become the first player to be disciplined as the MLB crackdown goes into effect on Monday. The sailor will not be allowed to replace him on the active roster or 40 during any suspension.
The 33-year-old Santiago made his first major appearance in 2011 and has thrown fewer than 1,000 chances at the major league level. Signed with Minor League last month. He has made nine appearances since being selected on the roster. Santiago entered today’s play with 2.45 ERA/2.89 SIERA in 14 2/3 innings.