New York Mets starting Max Scherzer was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after umpires repeatedly checked the ace pitcher’s hand and glove for a sticky substance
Scherzer was ejected before the bottom of the fourth inning under suspicion of using a sticky substance. He was ejected by crew chief Phil Cuzzi, who an inning earlier had inspected Scherzer’s glove and ordered him to change it.
Scherzer returned to the mound with a new glove and pitched a perfect inning to keep the game scoreless. As he walked to the mound for the bottom of the fourth he was stopped by Cuzzi and plate umpire Dan Bellino, who examined his hand for sticky substances.
After a heated discussion, an animated Scherzer was tossed from the game. After a heated discussion, an animated Scherzer was tossed from the game.
The Mets ace had allowed just one hit and had three strikeouts at that point.
It was the fourth career ejection for Scherzer, but the first in a game that he was pitching. The previous three had come with him on the bench.
New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer. Photo courtsey of The New York Post