The 33-year-old southpaw has been suspended for 10 games due to the presence of a foreign substance on his glove. He intends to appeal the ban.
Seattle gaucher Hector Santiago was suspended 10 games for having a foreign substance on his glove.
He will appeal.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 29, 2021
Santiago was sent off from Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox after the fifth inning.
After the game, Santiago pleaded his innocence and said tests on the glove would justify it.
“I think once they’ve picked it up and checked it’s just sweat and rosin,” Santiago said. “They’re going to inspect it and all that science stuff and it’s going to be sweat and rosin.” “
According to a source, the league no longer needed to inspect Santiago’s glove. Expulsion and discipline are based on the referees’ report of having detected a foreign substance.
– Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) June 29, 2021
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports that no further tests have been performed on Santiago’s glove and that the suspension is indeed based on the referees’ report alone.
A native of Newark, NJ, Santiago is in his 10th big league season and his first with the Mariners.
All-Star in 2015 with the Los Angeles Angels, Santiago 1-1 this season with an earned-run average of 2.65 and a WHIP of 1.176 on 17.0 innings of work in nine games.