Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Caleb Smith is out 10 games after a "foreign substance" was found on his glove earlier this month.
Smith was ejected during the eighth inning of an August 18th game against the Philadelphia Phillies after an umpire found two suspicious spots in his glove.
"It’s dirt. The inside of my glove is baby blue, where my hand goes in is blue. Last time I checked, we play baseball and you get dirty in baseball; you sweat a lot. I touch the dirt a lot. There’s not a foreign substance on there. There’s not pine tar. There’s nothing on there. I don’t use that. I was very surprised," he told an MLB reporter after the game.
The glove was confiscated by the league and tested it for pine tar or other sticky substances that allow pitchers to have a better grip on the ball. The test results came back positive, but the league didn't specify what was found, 12 News reported.
Smith and team manager Torey Lovullo insist the spots were dirt and rosin, which MLB allows.
"I'm really pissed. Like I said, if I was cheating, I would be the first one to say 'hey, you caught me, I was cheating.' I'm not stupid. I know the main two things they check are your glove and your hat. If I'm using something, which I wasn't, I wouldn't put it in my glove or my hat. I mean, that's just ignorant," said Smith.
The team will appeal Smith's suspension.