In the fourth inning of Wednesday's 5-3 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer was
ejected after umpires repeatedly tested the star pitcher's hand and glove for a sticky material.
After the game, Mets manager Buck Showalter said that Scherzer was dismissed for having rosin on his glove.
Scherzer would be subject to an automatic 10-game ban for breaking the sticky substance rule, which is appealable.
After the second inning, Scherzer, 38, said that his hand was "clumpy" due to rosin and sweat and that umpire Phil Cuzzi had instructed him to wash it off.
Scherzer claimed to have done so in front of an MLB representative using alcohol.
Prior to the start of the bottom of the third inning, Scherzer underwent another examination. Cuzzi stated that although Scherzer's hand appeared clean,
the glove's pocket was sticky, and advised Scherzer to use a fresh glove. Scherzer complied and carried on throwing the ball.
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