Big Willy style. Brewers reliever Will Smith was suspended eight games after he was caught with a foreign substance on his arm on Thursday. On Saturday night, Orioles reliever Brian Matsuz was ejected in the 12th inning of a 0-0 game against the Marlins, also for having a foreign substance on his arm.
Marlins manager Dan Jennings requested home plate umpire Jordan Baker ask crew chief Paul Emmel to take a look at Matusz’s right arm. After an inspection, Matusz was ejected. Matusz had struck out Justin Bour and got J.T. Realmuto to ground out for the first two outs of the inning. T.J. MacFarland relieved Matusz, throwing nine pitches before getting Christian Yelich to strike out looking to send the game into the 13th inning.
We should expect news of a suspension on Sunday.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.