Brian Matusz suspended eight games for substance on arm

Brian Matusz has been suspended for pitching with a foreign substance on his arm.
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By Vincent Frank

For the second time in less than a week, a Major League Baseball pitcher has been handed an eight-game suspension for using a “foreign substance” while pitching.

Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was suspended on Monday because of an incident in the 12th inning of Baltimore’s game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday. The home plate umpire was notified of a substance on the pitcher’s arm. After a brief chat with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, the ump tossed Matusz from the game.

Matusz is expected to appeal the suspension.

This comes just a few days after Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith was also handed an eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm.

While some have indicated that these situations are par for the course around the baseball world, it is clearly against the rules. That much isn’t debatable.

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