Milwaukee Brewers left-handed relief pitcher Will Smith has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball after a foreign substance was noticed on his arm Thursday night. 

MLB Communications on Twitter released the official details of Smith’s suspension Friday:

MLB PR also noted Smith plans to appeal the suspension:

Umpire Jim Joyce ejected Smith in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against Atlanta after Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez noticed a foreign substance on Smith’s non-throwing arm. 

After the game, Smith told John Donovan of that it was a mixture of rosin and sunscreen to get a better grip on the ball:

It helps you be able to throw the ball. That’s it. It’s not going to spin more. You’re not going to throw harder. You’ve got what you got.

In the same report, Joyce said he told Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell that he had “no recourse” after discovering the substance. 

ESPN The Magazine‘s Buster Olney weighed in on the punishment:

The 25-year-old Smith has appeared in 19 games for the Brewers this season, posting a 2.84 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight hits allowed in 12.2 innings. He’s been one of the few bright spots prior to Thursday in an otherwise disastrous season for Milwaukee, which owns the National League’s worst record at 15-27.

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