Major League Baseball has handed down an eight-game suspension to Brewers reliever Will Smith for having a foreign substance on his non-pitching arm in Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Smith's suspension was scheduled to begin on Friday, but he has elected to appeal.
Smith entered Thursday's game during the seventh inning and threw two pitches hitting Pedro Ciriaco before Fredi Gonzalez alerted umpires to the substance on Smith's arm. The umpires investigated and Smith was ejected from the game.
Following the game, Smith told reporters that he had a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his arm and that he had to warm up quickly and forgot to wipe it off before entering the game.
Smith is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 games so far this season. He has struck out 18 batters while walking six in 12 2/3 innings. Ciriaco was the first batter he has hit all season. The Braves and Brewers continue their four-game series Friday night at Turner Field.