The penalty was announced after Germain was sent off in the fourth period on Tuesday night at Toronto Because what the referee said was “the strongest hand I’ve ever felt.”
“My fingers had a hard time coming out of his palm,” crew chief James Hoey explained after the match.
The penalty was imposed by Michael Hill, MLB’s vice president of field operations. Germain did not appeal, and his suspension began with Wednesday’s game in Toronto.
Germain cannot be substituted into the roster while suspended. Barring precipitation, it will be eligible to return on May 28 San Diego.
“He crossed the line the umpires considered, and now we have to live with the consequences of that,” Yankees coach Aaron Boone said Wednesday in Toronto. “No single player needs to carry that burden. We’re all going to share it and we’re going to do it together.”
A two-time All-Star, 29-year-old Severino hasn’t made it to New York this season due to an incorrect strain. He allowed two runs and six hits over 3 1/3 innings pitched Tuesday in a rehab start with Double-A Somerset.
Germain had retired his first nine players on Tuesday night. He denied Hoye’s assertion, saying he had nothing in his hand other than rosin.
“It was definitely just a bag of rosin,” Germain said through an interpreter. “It was a sweat and a rosin bag. I don’t need any extra help grabbing a baseball.”
Germain’s ejection was the fourth since Major League Baseball began its crackdown on blocked fist assists two years ago, and the second this season.
The 30-year-old right-hander was checked by Hoye’s crew during the start on April 15th Minnesota, when Germain retired his first 16 player, but was allowed to stay in that game. Hoye told Germain to wash the rosin off his hand and some remained on the jug’s pinkie.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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