Major League Baseball absolutely threw the rulebook at Michael Pineda today, suspending the New YorkYankees pitcher for 10 games after he was thrown out of Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox for having illegal pine tar on his neck.
"#Yankees P Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games for possessing a foreign substance on his person Weds vs. #RedSox" the official MLB PR twitter account sent out earlier.
In actual terms it means that the young thrower will only miss one scheduled start, thanks to the Yankees schedule which works in their favour.
This was only Pineda's second start of the season but the second time he has been caught with blatant pine tar stains, though the Yankees pitcher was not called out on it during game one when he had it on his hands.
The second time however was a different story as umpire Gerry Davis tossed Pineda after Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell complained.
Pineda originally called the markings a mixture of dirt and sweat, but apologized for using the banned substance.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman had his say on what happened and was critical of his pitcher, rightly calling the whole saga embarrassing for Pineda and the organization as a whole.