Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox after umpires found that the pitcher had pine tar on his neck (Feinsand, April 23).
UPDATE 11:30 pm: Pineda admitted to using pine tar after the game. Pineda added: “I will learn from this mistake and it will not happen again.” (YES Network, April 23).
“I would want our manager to do what John Farrell did,” Brian Cashman said after the game. “I would want, on behalf of our fan base and our team, to do the same thing that they did. Obviously this is a terrible situation that we all witnessed and we’re all a part of and we all have ownership to because there was clearly a failure and a breakdown that he wound up walking out of that dugout with something like that. It’s just not a good situation.” (Jennings, April 23).
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to ask umpires to check Pineda’s neck during the second inning. According to Rule 8.02 a player cannot “apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” The rule goes on to say that any pitcher found guilty of such an action “shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically. In National Association Leagues, the automatic suspension shall be for 10 games.”
Pineda may not face a 10-game suspension because the National Association Leagues are the Minor Leagues, not the Major Leagues (Sherman, April 23).
When the Red Sox and Yankees faced off in the Bronx on April 10, Pineda had a dark substance on his pitching hand. The Red Sox did not approach the umpires during the game about the substance. Major League Baseball announced on April 11 that it would not suspend Pineda for the substance, which Pineda said was a combination of dirt and sweat.
Coming into Wednesday’s game, Pineda had a 2-1 record with a 1.00 ERA in four starts. The right-hander gee up two earned runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Red Sox Wednesday.