New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will not be suspended for having what appeared to be pine tar on his right hand during the early innings of their game against the Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball said.
“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox,” MLB said in a statement.
“Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred,” it added.
Television broadcasts of the game first showed the substance on Pineda’s throwing hand in the early innings, but his hand appeared to be wiped clean by the fifth inning.
“A foreign substance is illegal, but by the time we became aware of it, it was gone,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game.
When Pineda came out for the fifth inning, Farrell said, it appeared the pitcher’s hand had been wiped clean, so he never brought it to the attention of the umpires.
Pineda led the Yankees to a 4-1 win, allowing four hits and striking out seven in six innings. Afterward, he was told that some accused him of having pine tar on his hand.
“I don’t use pine tar,” Pineda said. “It’s dirt. I’m sweating on my hand too much in between innings.”
According to MLB rule 8.02, a pitcher may not “apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” Rule 8.02 (b) states a pitcher may not “have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.
For such infraction of this section (b) the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically.”