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Mets’ Edwin Diaz won’t appeal 10-game sticky-stuff suspension

Edwin Diaz doesn’t want to fight the system.

The Mets closer will not appeal the 10-game suspension he received following his ejection for a sticky substance at Wrigley Field on Sunday night and will be suspended starting with Tuesday night’s Subway Series opener against the Yankees.

The 30-year-old Diaz is eligible to return for Game 2 of a four-game series against the Pirates on July 6 in Pittsburgh.


Mets closer Edwin Diaz’s right hand before he was ejected for using a sticky substance. ESPN/MLB

The right-hander was unable to pitch Sunday night after being checked on by an umpire as he was warming up for the ninth inning and was ejected after finding his hands suspiciously stuck together.

Diaz said his right hand only had sweat and rosin on it.

“I think it’s the same [stickiness]”They always check me and let me pitch, but it was hotter today than it was at the beginning of the season and I guess they thought the temperature was too high, so they suspended me,” Diaz said after the game.


Mets closer Edwin Diaz (39) had his hand checked by an umpire during Sunday's game against the Cubs.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz (39) had his hand checked by an umpire during Sunday’s game against the Cubs. Getty Images

“I couldn’t find anything on the gloves, hat or belt so I’m going to stick with the same ones. [the same thing]. “

Crew chief Vic Carapazza disputed Diaz’s claims.

“It certainly wasn’t rosin and sweat,” Carapazza told pool reporters after the game. “We’ve looked at this thousands of times. I know the feeling. It was very sticky.”

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