Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta didn’t even get to throw a pitch in Tuesday’s game. As soon as he took the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson asked the umpiring crew to check Peralta’s glove. The quartet converged near the mound, confiscated Peralta’s glove and ejected him for what crew chief Tim Tschida said was a “foreign substance on or in the glove.”
TheBigLead.com has video and stills from the telecast. Peralta can be seen tipping his cap toward the Nationals’ dugout as he walks off the field.
After the game, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune tweeted more details:
Peralta pitched for the Nationals in 2010, including a stint at Triple-A Syracuse where his manager was current Washington first-base coach Trent Jewett.