The New York Yankees’ right-hand pitcher Domingo German has been handed a 10-game by the MLB after a foreign substance was discovered on his hands during a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
German decided not to appeal the decision and will also pay an undisclosed fine.
Umpires decided to check German for foreign substances during the fourth inning of the Blue Jays game and apparently discovered his hands were stickier than they should be if he was only using rosin. The officials ejected German immediately after the inspection.
Speaking with reporters after the game, umpire James Hoye said that German’s hand was “extremely shiny and extremely sticky” upon inspection and that it was the “stickiest hand I’ve ever felt.”
German, on the other hand, says he did nothing wrong. He is the second player to get suspended for using “sticky stuff” this season after NY Mets’ pitcher Max Scherzer.
“It was definitely just the rosin bag,” the 30-year-old said through an interpreter. “It was sweat and the rosin bag. I don’t need any extra help to grab the baseball.”
German made nine starts in the 2023 MLB season and has a 2-3 record with a 3.75 ERA and 49 strikeouts.