Michael Pineda won’t be facing suspension
Major League Baseball will not suspend New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for having what appeared to be pine tar on his right hand during Thursday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will not suspend New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for having what appeared to be pine tar on his right hand during Thursday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, said in a statement Friday: “The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox. Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke with Torre and said the issue was resolved.
Pineda, a former Mariner, said after the game that he rubbed his hand in dirt, not pine tar.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has never questioned his own pitchers, but he knows what goes on.
“I don’t talk to pitchers about that: ‘Do you use or don’t you use?’ This is not a recreational drug. I don’t talk to people about that,” Girardi said. “I’m aware. I’ve been on teams where I’ve seen it. I’m 99 percent sure that I know of other guys on other teams that use it.”
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