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Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago appeals 10-game suspension

Jun 27, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Umpires Phil Cuzzi (10) and Mark Ripperger (90) check Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Hector Santiago (57) glove for illegal substance before ejecting him from the a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners left-hander Hector Santiago is appealing the 10-game suspension handed down Tuesday by Major League Baseball following his ejection Sunday for having a foreign substance on his glove.

Santiago’s suspension had been scheduled to begin Tuesday night with Seattle’s game in Buffalo, N.Y., against the Toronto Blue Jays. His discipline will be held in abeyance until the appeals process is complete.

Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for on-field operations, announced the suspension and an undisclosed fine on Tuesday.

Santiago, 33, was ejected by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi during the fifth inning of the Mariners’ 3-2 road victory Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.

Umpires confiscated the reliever’s glove after he allowed one run on three hits while striking out four in 2 1/3 innings. The glove was reportedly sent to New York for further inspection.

After the game, Santiago said he was only using rosin and nothing else.

“What they told me was you can’t use rosin on the glove hand,” Santiago said. “When I use rosin, I dab on both sides. The umpire said you couldn’t use it on the glove hand.”

Santiago was the first player to be ejected for a foreign substance violation under a crackdown started by MLB on June 21.

In nine relief appearances this season, Santiago is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA. In 266 career games (139 starts) with the White Sox (2011-13, 2018-19), Los Angeles Angels (2014-16), Minnesota Twins (2016-17), New York Mets (2019) and Mariners, Santiago is 48-51 with a 4.12 ERA. He was an All-Star in 2015.

–Field Level Media