Michael Pineda Ejected For Applying A Foreign Substance
The last time New York Yankees right hander Michael Pineda started against the Boston Red Sox the camera picked up what appeared to be a shiny substance on his hand.
Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, issued a statement the next day which basically exonerated Pineda from any wrong doing:
“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.”
Despite the free pass he wouldn’t be dumb enough to load up on pine tar against the Red Sox again in his start tonight less than two week after the original incident….would he? Apparently so.
Before the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, “I would expect if it’s used, it’s more discreet than last time.”
Obviously Farrell would be watching and when Pineda had a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore in the second inning, he came out of the dugout and requested that the home plate umpire inspect Pineda. Gerry Davis went to the mound. and spotted the substance on the side of Pineda’s neck and after touching the substance with his index finger he ejected Pineda.