Reds' Graham Ashcraft told to remove wedding ring during substance check

Ashcraft was wearing the band on his left hand which hides in his glove when he pitches. The Reds were playing the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday when he got told to take the jewelry off. He said the umpire told him the rule wasn’t new but they just started to enforce it 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 在辛辛那提, 俄亥俄.

Graham Ashcraft #51 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on June 18, 2022 在辛辛那提, 俄亥俄. (南卡罗来纳州的黎明斯塔利在四强赛前解释了缺少的国歌)

The first base umpire comes up, checks my right hand as normal. Then he asks me to take my glove off and saw my ring. 他去, ‘You have to take your ring off,’” he told reporters after the game, via The Athletic. “我像, '没有, why do I have to take my ring off? I shouldn’t have to.Then apparently it’s some new rule they came up with yesterday.

The rule states that a pitcher is barred from attaching anything to their hands.

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Milwaukee Brewers' Omar Narvaez, 对, grounds out softly to Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft, 剩下, during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, 六月 18, 2022, 在辛辛那提.

Milwaukee BrewersOmar Narvaez, 对, grounds out softly to Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft, 剩下, during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, 六月 18, 2022, 在辛辛那提. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Reds manager David Bell said he received the memo reminding players and managers about the policy enforcement but didn’t read it too closely.

I think that helped, like the rule or not, it was something that was going to be enforced and Graham understood that after that explanation,” Bell said. “I did a poor job of explaining it before the game. Thankfully nothing bad happened. It was nice that they just warned him and made him aware of it.

Ashcraft was tagged for six runs on eight hits in five innings. He struck out four batters as 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, 星期六, 六月 18, 2022, 在辛辛那提.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, 星期六, 六月 18, 2022, 在辛辛那提. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Ashcraft was called up to the big leagues last month. He’s made six starts for the Reds and has a 3.51 他在 33 1/3 innings along with 19 strikeouts.

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