Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis n the eighth inning of Philadelphia’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. West said that was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.

The umpire called the league office after the game and admitted that the use of the card might be in a gray area.

“I didn’t want to throw him out,” West said. “I know it’s foreign, but he’s not trying to cheat. Maybe he’s trying to get an advantage because he’s reading the scouting report, but it wasn’t pine tar, it wasn’t an emery board, it wasn’t whatever.

“In the long run, maybe they’ll let him [have the card]. Right now, my hands are tied until they say yes or now. Right now, until the office says it’s OK to carry this, he can’t do it.”

Both Kapler and Davis were disappointed by the decision. Cheat sheats should not be allowed at the mound. Nothing on the pitcher, that way you don’t have to worry about a pitcher using any substances on the bal.