MIAMI--- The Orioles haven’t heard anything about a possible suspension for Brian Matusz who was ejected from Saturday night’s game for having a foreign substance on his arm.
It’s possible the Orioles may not hear anything about Matusz until Tuesday because of the Memorial Day holiday.
Milwaukee’s Will Smith was suspended eight games for a similar offense, but he’s appealing it. Matusz is also expected to appeal any suspension.
Manager Buck Showalter has long said that balls used in the major leagues are hard to grip. The type of balls used in Japan would be better. They’re tackier.
“We all know the crux of the issue, just trying to grip the ball,” Showalter said.
A combination of rosin and sunscreen helps pitchers, but they’re not trying to doctor balls.
“It allows you to grip the ball better, you throw a better slider, you throw a better curveball. It doesn't help changeup guys cause the ball sticks in your hand too long, I would think. I wouldn't think it would be good for a split, either. But it's just command. And let's face it, for some people I guess it could be a crutch, too. I don't know. I've never pitched. But I do know enough good pitchers that I've had over the years,” Showalter said.
He said he would consider asking an umpire to examine a pitchers’ glove or body.
“We know catchers have it on the shin guards. You know that every glovers got it on their glove. You try to figure out what the end game is, whether it’s worth it,” Showalter said.
It’s happened twice this week. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez asked for Smith to be examined and on Saturday night it was Miami’s Dan Jennings. Showalter doesn’t know if it’s a pattern.
“You’d have to ask the people that are asking,” he said.
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