MLB has no plans to suspend Pineda
After being accused of using an illegal substance on his right hand/wrist area, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda doesn’t have to worry about facing any suspension from Major League Baseball. The league issued a statement regarding the incident, stating that because the umpires in Thursday nights Red Sox/Yankees game did not notice the substance, the league is unable to do anything about it.
What appeared to be pine tar on the palm of Pineda, was gone when the pitcher came out for the fifth inning.
Pat Courtney, a spokesperson for MLB, said the league will speak with the Yankees about the incident, but there are, however, no plans to suspend the 25-year-old Pineda.
“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.”Courtney said to the Boston Globe.
According to Pineda, the substance was dirt, which he applied to his hand due to excessive sweating in between innings, and also notes he doesn’t use pine tar.
In the 4-1 victory over the Sox, Pineda recorded seven strikeouts and one earned run through six innings.
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