04/23 19:44 CDT Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck
Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) --- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game
against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires
found a foreign substance on his neck.
Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the
lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at
That sparked a debate about pitchers' use of sticky substances to get a better
grip in cool weather. The game time temperature Wednesday was 50 degrees.
Boston manager John Farrell didn't challenge Pineda's use of the substance on
But with two outs, no runners and a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore on Wednesday,
Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the
mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger
then ejected Pineda as other umpires and Yankee infielders stood nearby.
Before the game, Farrell said, "I would expect if it's used, it's more discreet
than last time."
Pineda left with the Yankees trailing 2-0 after he allowed two runs and four
hits in the first inning. He was replaced by David Phelps.
Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not "have on his person, or in his
possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the
penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher
shall be suspended automatically."
"We will talk to the umpires tomorrow and review their report before taking any
action," Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.
In his previous start against the Red Sox, television cameras caught Pineda
with what appeared like sticky pine tar on his hand on a cool night. Farrell
didn't see a photograph of Pineda's hand until the fourth inning; when Pineda
came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.
"In conditions like last night, it's not uncommon for pitchers to try and get a
grip in some way," Farrell said later. "We're more focused on what we need to
do offensively to kind of get going rather than taking anything away from his
Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, said in a
statement April 11 that Pineda would not be suspended for the substance on his
"The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the
game, and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox," Torre said then. "Given
those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to
talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred."
AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.