Michael Pineda suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball
Yankees RHP Michael Pineda suspended 10 games, starting tonight, for possessing a foreign substance during Wednesday's game at Fenway Park.- MLB (@MLB) April 24, 2014
Pineda announced shortly afterward that he will not appeal the suspension.
The righty was ejected with two outs in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-1 loss after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked home plate umpire Gerry Davis to check the Pineda for an illegal substance. Davis found the pine tar on Pineda's neck, and immediately ejected him from the game.
Pineda will be eligible to return on May 5, when the Yankees begin a three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels. However, based on their schedule, the Yankees may only have to cover one missed start; Pineda would be lined up to pitch again on Monday, when the Yankees have an off day, so the team could simply skip his next turn in the rotation.