FILE – This March 24, 2012 file photo, shows Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar warming up before a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Dunedin, Fla. Major League Baseball is checking reports that Escobar played Saturday’s, Sept. 15, 2012 game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Pictures posted online showed the Blue Jays shortstop with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.
The Blue Jays are in New York to play the Yankees later Tuesday. The punishment was announced during a news conference at Yankee Stadium.