Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago was ejected in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox after umpires inspected his glove.
Santiago, 33, was pulled from the game after giving up two walks and two hits in the inning.
As per the new rules on inspecting pitchers for foreign substances, Santiago handed his glove over to be inspected by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi who ejected him moments later. From replays, it looked like the umpires were checking the inside of Santiago’s glove.
The glove could be seen being wrapped up by the authenticator to be inspected more later under new rules instigated on Monday.
Santiago is eligible for a 10-game suspension while the team cannot replace him on the roster during that time frame. He is the first pitcher ejected under the new rules, which kicked in on Monday.
Santiago is in his first season with the Mariners. He entered Sunday’s action with a 1-1 mark and a 2.45 ERA in eight appearances.