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Caleb Smith Could Become Second Player Ejected for Sticky Substance

David Kaestle
Caleb Smith is ejected for potential sticky substance in his glove.
Caleb Smith is ejected for potential sticky substance in his glove. / Norm Hall/Getty Images
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After pitching 2 2/3 innings of relief on Wednesday, Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Caleb Smith was ejected from the game after the umpires determined there were some suspicious spots on his glove.

Smith became irate at the suggestion he was cheating and at one point needed to be held back. The glove was taken off the field and sent to New York for further testing to determine if there was indeed a sticky substance.

Smith claims the spots were dirt that he was using the break in his new glove. Smith's glove was checked after the prior inning and nothing suspicious was found.

Diamondbacks manager Terry Lovullo said "I believe my player. I stand by my player. He said there was nothing malicious happening."

Once the testing is done in New York to determine if there was a sticky substance, it will then be decided if Smith will receive the mandatory 10-game suspension for it.

To date, only Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago is the only one who has actually been suspended from a foreign substance check.


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