NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Michael Pineda will likely miss two starts after Major League Baseball suspended him 10 games for his role in the pine tar incident at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday night.
Pineda was ejected in the second inning of the Yankees’ eventual 5-1 loss after Red Sox manager John Farrell complained to the umpires that Pineda was using the sticky substance.
Home plate umpire Gerry Davis examined Pineda’s glove, hat, uniform and, ultimately, his neck, where pine tar was found. The 25-year-old right-hander was promptly ejected.
According to multiple reports, Pineda will be paid while he sits out and will not be fined. Pineda told reporters he will not appeal the suspension.
“I accept it,” Pineda said before Thursday night’s game at Fenway Park. “I know I made a mistake.”
“I feel so bad,” he added.
Pineda will next be eligible to play on May 5 against the Angels in Los Angeles. Until then, however, the Yankees will be forced to play with just 24 players on their roster.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a guest on WFAN host Mike Francesa’s show on Thursday evening, reiterated what he said Wednesday night — that he and his coaches had no idea Pineda had put pine tar on his neck.
“There was nothing on him in the first inning and believe me if we would have noticed it and saw him walking out there with it we would have grabbed him. We would have been fools to not to,” Girardi said.
“We cover all of our bases and we are very thorough here,” he added. “The competition got to him. He wanted to compete. He felt the ball was slippery, and I think the competition got the best of the kid.”