Dominican Ronel Blanco receives 10-game suspension for illegal substance in glove

Dominican Ronel Blanco receives 10-game suspension for illegal substance in glove

Houston – The opener of the Astros Ronel Blanco received a 10-game suspension on Wednesday for violating the regulation on the use of illegal substances in the glove after being expelled from the game against the Oakland Athletics.

The suspension was announced by Michael Hill, Major League Baseball’s vice president of field operations. The punishment goes into effect starting Wednesday night unless the Dominican right-hander appeals. It also includes a fine, the amount of which was not disclosed.

Blanco was ejected early in the fourth inning of a 2-1 win over Oakland on Tuesday after the umpires detected a substance that first base umpire Erich Bacchus described as “the stickiest thing I have ever felt on a glove”.

Third base official Laz Diaz ejected Blanco after checking the glove. The umpires, Blanco and Houston manager, Puerto Rican Joe Espada, spent several minutes on the mound discussing the situation before the pitcher was ejected.

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