MIAMI---Orioles left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of Saturday night’s game with the Miami Marlins, for using a foreign substance on his arm.
Miami won the game 1-0 in 13 innings.
Matusz entered the game in the 12th and got the first two outs, and at the request of Marlins manager Dan Jennings, was examined by the umpires.
Crew chief Paul Emmel summoned manager Buck Showalter to the mound, and Matusz was removed from the game.
“The protocol is that the manager has to come out and make us aware of something like that and ask us if we want to go check the opposing pitcher and he did,” Emmel told a pool reporter.
“And so I went out there and told the pitcher I was going to touch his right forearm because that's where he was touching before he went to the ball and yes I detected a foreign substance so the pitcher was ejected and we went from there."
After Matusz was ejected, T.J. McFarland replaced him, and surrendered the winning run in the 13th inning.
Jennings, who won his first game as Miami manager after five losses, thought Matusz had an unfair advantage.
“We saw a substance. We saw something shining on his arm. So we watched him a couple of pitches to see how many times he went to it,” Jennings said.
Jennings appealed to Emmel.
“So he checked, and by their opinion, there was something there, a foreign substance, and they made their decision,” Jennings said.
“This was a situation that we saw. The game is tough enough to play. We didn't want to create an unfair advantage to our hitters, so that's why I went out and asked them to check it.”
Matusz declined to comment directly on the ejection. It was the first in his career.
“We’re not going to address the issue right now. Obviously, I have my own personal opinions about the issue, but right now with emotions running high we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time,” Matusz said.
“The decision was made and that was it."
Earlier this week, Milwaukee’s Will Smith was ejected and suspended eight games for use of a foreign substance.
“I'm not sure what's going to happen from here. We'll let this play out and we'll address it then,” Matusz said.
Showalter wouldn’t comment directly about the ejection.
“You reflect on it. You’re usually emotional after a game like that. You kind of take it in. Make sure you don’t say something you’ll regret. But we all have personal feelings on everything. So I’m gonna make sure I get the whole story,” Showalter said.
Matusz said his focus was on the team’s loss, not his ejection.
“We just lost a ballgame. That's really what matters. Obviously, we come on the field day in and day out to win games. We didn't win tonight, so our focus is to come back tomorrow and win the series.” Matusz said. .
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