After getting ejected from last night’s game for using a foreign substance (pine tar), New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball.
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) April 24, 2014
Pineda, who was found to have pine tar on his neck, but not on his throwing hand or the ball, could appeal the suspension in an attempt to get it reduced using this argument. What doesn’t bode well for Pineda, is the fact that he was caught with a foreign substance appearing on his throwing hand a week ago against the same team. Nothing was said at the time and Pineda claimed it was dirt. Because of how the schedule works out for the Yankees, Pineda will get some early rest on his surgically-repaired shoulder, meaning he’ll most likely miss one start.
UPDATE: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo.com Sports, Pineda will not be subject to a fine or loss of pay due to his suspension:
Source: Michael Pineda’s 10-game suspension is paid. He will not pay a fine, either.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 24, 2014
UPDATE #2: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Pineda will not appeal his 10-game suspension handed down by MLB VP of Operations Joe Torre. Because of a quirk in the schedule, Pineda will miss only one start rather than two.
Michael Pineda said that he will accept the suspension.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 24, 2014