Major League Baseball is investigating what appears to be a homophobic slur that has appeared in a message below the eyes of Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar, USA Today reported.
During Saturday's game against Boston, Escobar, who is from Cuba, wore eye black under his eyes that had the words "Tu ere (which means "you are" although the correct word is eres)..." followed by a seven-letter Spanish word that's a derogatory term for a homosexual.
It's not clear who the message was intended to target, but Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney told USA Today that MLB is looking into the issue.
The Blue Jays said Escobar had flu-like symptoms Sunday that prevented him from playing. The team was off on Monday.
Escobar, 29, often writes messages on his eye black, and, according to USA Today, the slur is sometimes used by Latin players when joking around.
Escobar could face sanctions if his actions are deemed inappropriate.