The MLB has decided to uphold Seattle Mariners LHP Hector Santiago's 10-game suspension for using rosin — a banned foreign substance — on his glove, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Over a month ago, the MLB vowed to crack on pitcher's using foreign substances to their advantage. Santiago became the MLB's first offender of the rule change when he was caught with rosin on his glove during a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on June 26.
Hector Santiago Suspension
With the MLB All-Star Break putting a pause to the 2021 schedule earlier this week, Santiago will begin serving his suspension on Friday. He'll then be eligible to return to the bullpen on Tuesday, July 27 against the Houston Astros. However, unlike when a player lands on the injured list, the Mariners cannot call up any players to replace the lefty, according to the MLB's foreign substance policy.
Santiago had appeared in 12 games (one start) for Seattle so far this season, pitching to a 1-1 record, 3.33 ERA and 1.356 WHIP through 24.1 innings. Losing a reliever like that for the next 10 games will be a blow to the Mariners, who sit 3.5 games back of the final American League Wild Card spot.
Seattle will have to do what it can to improve its championship odds in Santiago's absence. The Mariners' +30000 odds to win the World Series rank T-22nd in the entire MLB, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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