It's the final week of the MLB regular season, and the Tampa Bay Rays are playing for their postseason lives. In the midst of a three-team race with the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics, the Rays are looking to grab much-needed wins at the expense of the AL East-champion New York Yankees.
Rays ace Charlie Morton hit the mound for Tampa at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night. While he was dealing, many on social media were pointing out Morton's neck, which, to the naked eye, appears to have some sort of substance on it. That, or a really big hickey.
Social media users are divided as to what was on Morton's neck. Some believe it's pine tar, while others are calling it a bruise from cupping therapy. Either way, it's garnering attention.
There have been instances of pitchers appearing to have pine tar on their person while on the mound. Current MLB players don't have a problem with the use of pine tar, as it gives the pitcher better control and ensures the safety of the batter.
Rather, all they ask is for the pitcher to not make it too obvious.
Whether it's pine tar or a bruise, don't expect an extensive investigation into Charlie Morton.