Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester was accused of using an illegal substance in Game 1 of the World Series by a St. Louis Cardinals minor-leaguer, who made the assertion via social media.
Tyler Melling, a Class-A lefthanded pitcher and 2011 39th-round draft pick, posted via Twitter (@TylerMelling) “Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?” The message was accompanied by a still picture of a television shot in which what appears to be a glob of a greenish substance is visible near the webbing and pinkie of Lester’s black glove.
Major League Baseball said in a statement: “We cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game.”
General manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals were not pursuing the matter further in a statement issued to major media outlets after Vine videos and photos of Lester’s glove spread through social media.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s a non-issue,” Mozeliak said. “It’s something that arose in social media and not from our players or manager or our coaching staff. To me it does not represent a concern.”
TBS baseball analyst and former relief pitcher Dirk Hayhurst made similar accusations in May. Hayhurst said Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz was doctoring the baseball on the mound.
In 2006, the Cardinals appealed to umpires during the World Series to have Detroit Tigers left-handed starter Kenny Rogers’ glove and hat be inspected for illegal substances. The team charged that Rogers was using pine tar.
Buchholz to start Game 4
Clay Buchholz’s season is not over.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Buchholz is scheduled to pitch against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday in St. Louis.
According to media reports, the Red Sox were considered shutting down the right-hander because of arm fatigue and starting left-hander Felix Doubront in Game 4 on Sunday night at St. Louis. However, Farrell said Wednesday that right-hander Jake Peavy is in line to start Game 3 on Saturday night at Busch Stadium, with Buchholz starting the next night.
“He’s going to pitch,” Farrell said of Buchholz. “After we went through some work today, he did throw a little bit in the outfield. We’ll probably look to give him every extra day we can, and that would point to Sunday.”