Major League Baseball dropped the hammer on New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda today, suspending the pitcher for 10 games after the young arm was thrown out of Wednesday night’s game for having a foreign substance (pine tar) on his neck.
Post has learned that Pineda was suspended 10 games
In all honesty, it’s a relatively cheap blow for the Yankees as Pineda will only miss a scheduled start thanks to the Bronx Bombers perfectly laid out schedule.
It’s the second time in as many starts that Pineda had used pine tar, though the Yankees pitcher was not called out on it during game action when he first placed it on his neck. The second time however was a different story as umpire Gerry Davis tossed Pineda after Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell complained.
Pineda, who originally called the obvious markings ‘dirt’ apologized for using the banned substance.
It’s nothing more than a slap on the wrist, but Pineda will have likely learned his lesson – or at least the need to be more discreet.