MLB will speak to Yankees regarding Pineda
Major League Baseball spokesperson Pat Courtney said today that the league plans to speak with the Yankees regarding the substance that was on Michael Pineda’s right hand in the third inning of last night’s game against the Red Sox, but Pineda is not in danger of being suspended.
“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox,” Courtney said. “Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”
Here is what Pineda said this afternoon at his Yankee Stadium locker:
“I told you last time, I’m sweating [on] my hand too much. I’m putting dirt, and that’s it. … I’m coming here early, doing my work, and nobody said [anything] to me today.”
Here is Joe Girardi’s take:
“Like I said, I’m going to focus on the game. I understand what Michael said it was. Did I talk to Michael about it? I still haven’t talked to him about it. I talked to him to see how he felt today; that was my concern. My concern is to get him ready for his next start, and to make sure that a guy coming off an injury that he’s coming off of, that he feels good the next day and is able to make his start. That’s my focus. My focus will be managing the game. As far as the other thing, I have not heard from Joe Torre and I‘m not worried about it.”