MLB reduces Will Smith’s “foreign substance” suspension

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Brewers reliever Will Smith appealed his eight-game suspension for having a “foreign substance” on his arm during a May 21 appearance and MLB has now reduced it to six games.

Smith will begin serving the suspension tonight, leaving Milwaukee without a left-hander who has a 1.83 ERA and 29/8 K/BB ratio in 20 innings this season.

There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of rhyme or reason to when pitchers get in trouble for a “foreign substance” or the length of the suspensions handed out, so it’s possible MLB will address the topic this offseason.