MLB to reportedly suspend pitchers 10 days if they use foreign substances

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan is reporting that MLB will start suspending pitchers 10 days with pay if they are caught with foreign substances on the mound.

League sources had told SNY’s Andy Martino that they fully expect suspensions for pitchers caught using illegal foreign substances.

The “sticky stuff” has been a hot topic in baseball, even as recently as Monday afternoon, when Yankees’ pitcher Corey Kluber was name-dropped by a former Angels’ clubhouse attendant who has apparently hooked up with pitchers with substances in the past.

Last week, Gerrit Cole did not deny allegations that he has used using Spider Tack -- a certain type of sticky substance -- he paused for a long time before giving a non-answer.

"I don’t quite know how to answer that, to be honest,” Cole said. “There are customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players, from the last generation of players to this generation of players.

"I think there are some things that are certainly out of bounds in the regard, and I’ve stood pretty firm in terms of that, in terms of the communication between our peers and whatnot. If MLB wants to legislate some more stuff, that’s a conversation that we can have, because ultimately we should all be pulling in the same direction on this."

The memo outlining the full plan is expected to be released on Tuesday.