Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith for eight games on Friday. Umpire Jim Joyce ejected Smith from Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves for the foreign substance on his right arm.
Brewers pitcher Will Smith has received an 8-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during last night’s game at Atlanta.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) May 22, 2015
Smith beaned a batter and then got kicked out of the game in the seventh inning after Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed out the gooey brown substance that appeared on the lefty reliever’s right arm.
Smith’s nightmare night jumpstarted a nightmarish seventh for the Brew Crew. Entering the inning deadlocked at 1-1, the Braves posted seven runs on the scoreboard in the stanza and wound up winning the game 10-1.
Smith contends the substance consisted of rosin and sun screen, which helped him grip the ball and didn’t influence his pitches the way petroleum jelly might.
The Brewers currently own the worst record in the National League at 15-27. They look to get even tonight at Atlanta.