Things got a little heated for one of the Toronto Blue Jays’ AL East Division rivals on Saturday, as New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán was investigated for using an illegal substance.
Germán, making his third start of the season, faced off against the Minnesota Twins and held his opponent to just one run on three hits across 6.1 innings. But that’s not the storyline that made headlines during the matinee affair. Instead, the focus centred around the right-hander’s umpire inspection following the third inning.
After completing his third perfect inning, crew chief James Hoye checked Germán’s hands and glove for foreign substances, as he did for every pitcher after each half-inning. But when Germán returned for the fourth inning, a lengthy discussion ensued between himself and Hoye, which manager Aaron Boone and team translator Marlon Abreu later joined.
Five-and-a-half minutes passed while both parties discussed the situation, with umpires informing the Yankees hurler he had too much rosin on his hands and needed to wash it off. The 30-year-old was ultimately allowed to remain in the game, though some speculated whether he’d be ejected – including Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.
With Baldelli …
Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation