Michael Pineda has been suspend for 10 games for “possessing a foreign substance on his person,” MLB Public Relations announced.
Pineda will accept the suspension.
“I’m sorry. I made a big mistake. I feel really bad for that,” he said (Hoch, April 24).
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).
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.”
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.