Reds’ Graham Ashcraft asked to remove wedding ring during drug investigation

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mlb umpire forced Cincinnati Reds Starter Graham Ashcraft To remove his wedding ring as part of the league’s crackdown on a pitcher using foreign substances to get a better grip on baseball.

Ashcraft wore a band on his left hand, which hides in his glove when he pitches. the reds were playing Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday When he was asked to take off the jewellery. He said the umpire told him the rule was not new, but he started implementing it from Friday.

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Graham Ashcraft #51 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on June 18, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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“The first base umpire comes in, looks at my right hand normally. Then he tells me to take off my glove and look at my ring. He goes, ‘You have to take your ring off,'” he told reporters after the game. , through athletic, “I was like, ‘No, why do I have to take my ring off? I shouldn’t.’ So obviously this is some new rule that they came up with yesterday.”

The rule states that a pitcher is prohibited from adding anything to his hands.

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Omar Narvaez of the Milwaukee Brewers slowly leaves pitcher Graham Ashcraft for the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Omar Narvaez of the Milwaukee Brewers slowly leaves pitcher Graham Ashcraft for the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Saturday, June 18, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Reds manager David Bell said he had received a memo reminding players and managers about policy enforcement, but did not read it very closely.

Bell said, “I think the kind of rule that helped or not, it was something that was being enforced and Graham understood that after the clarification.” “I did a poor job of explaining it before the game. Thankfully nothing bad happened. It was good that they warned him and made him aware of it.”

Ashcraft was tagged in for six runs from eight hits in five innings. He dismissed four batsmen The Reds lost to the Brewers, 7-3.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft, throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft, throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Cincinnati.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

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Ashcraft was called into the big leagues last month. He has made six starts for the Reds and has a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings with 19 strikeouts.