MLB 'cannot draw any conclusions' from Lester foreign substance video

Was there something in Jon Lester's glove that wasn't supposed to be there?
Was there something in Jon Lester's glove that wasn't supposed to be there? (USATSI)

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester may or may not have had a foreign substance on his glove during Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, a game in which he shut out the highest scoring team in the NL for 7 2/3 innings. The photos and videos are interesting but ultimately inconclusive.

Major League Baseball apparently feels the same way. Pat Courtney, MLB's senior vice president of public relations, issued the following statement on Thursday:

"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."

That about sums it up. If the Cardinals didn't complain and the umpires didn't notice anything, there's really nothing that can be done. It's worth noting that a lot of times, opposing teams will keep quiet because they don't want their own pitchers to get checked out for foreign substances. It's one of those things that could have unintended consequences, I suppose.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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