Former White Sox hurler Hector Santiago, who many White Sox fans didn’t even know was still in the league, has become the first pitcher to fail a foreign substance check.
Santiago “started” for the Seattle Mariners in bottom of the third inning on Sunday, after Saturday’s contest between the White Sox and Mariners was suspended due to rain. As he was exiting the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, Hector was stopped by the umpiring crew for the now routine “foreign substance check”. Unfortunately for Santiago, who was already leaving the game in a bit of trouble, he got himself and his club into a bit more of it.
Under MLB’s new rules around foreign substances, he will be suspended for 10 days (with pay) and the Mariners will not be able to fill his roster spot.
It is somewhat fitting that the first event of a player failing a substance check came at Guaranteed Rate Field. The substance debacle began earlier this season on the south side when the St. Louis Cardinals were in town facing the White Sox and Joe West confiscated Giovanny Gallegos’ hat.