MLB notebook: Pineda suspended 10 games for using pine tar
BOSTON — Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts.
“I accept it,” Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park. “I know I made a mistake.”
The commissioner's office announced the ban, which started immediately.
Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox after umpires found the pine tar on the right side of the right-hander's neck.
After the game, Pineda admitted he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night.
“I feel so bad,” he said Thursday.
Pineda said he had never used pine tar before this season. He spent his first season in the majors with the Mariners in 2011 then missed the last two with the Yankees following right shoulder surgery.
“I think he understood” the seriousness of his action, said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, “but I think he got caught up in the moment of competing and it got the best of him.”
Pineda said no one told him to use it. He said he did it “by myself.”
Girardi indicated David Phelps would take Pineda's turn in the rotation.
Yankee to have season-ending surgery
Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament.
The operation is scheduled for next Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews.
Nova left last Saturday's 16-1 loss at Tampa Bay in the fifth inning after allowing eight runs and eight hits, including four homers. An MRI then revealed the injury and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Stress fracture sidelines OF Trumbo
An MRI on Diamondback left fielder Mark Trumbo's left foot revealed a stress fracture, an injury that will land him on the 15-day disabled list.
Trumbo said he had a stress fracture in his right foot at the end of the 2011 season. That injury took 5½ months to heal. This one, he said, isn't as bad.
“That was a pain,” Trumbo said. “That one took a long time. But this one probably should be significantly less.”
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright threw a bullpen session and said his right knee feels good enough to allow him to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Pirates. ... Texas third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff is returning home to be evaluated by a back specialist Friday before the Rangers have to make a roster move to active Adrian Beltre from the disabled list. ... The Mariners sent outfielder Nick Franklin back to Triple-A, one day after the prospect made his first big league start.
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