Suárez denied using any illegal substances, saying he only had sunscreen on his arm because it was a day game.
The umpires stopped Suárez in the outfield grass, just short of second base, to look at his arm and wrist. He was ejected before facing a batter in San Diego. 4-0 win,
“We were doing a routine check,” said crew chief Todd Tichenor. “We understood it was too sticky, too sticky, and he was taken out of the game.”
Tichenor said he was unable to determine the exact substance, but based on his observations it appeared to be more viscous than rosin.
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Suarez disputed that conclusion, speaking through team translator Danny Sanchez.
Suarez said, “No, I certainly don’t use any illegal substances, any banned substances.”
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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