Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda suspended 10 games

April 24, 2014 - 11:32 am

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games "for possessing a foreign substance on his person" in their 5-1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday, the league announced. The substance, believed to be pine tar, was discovered by umpire crew chief Gerry Davis at Red Sox manager John Farrell's behest in the second inning. According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, Pineda's suspension will be paid, and the 25-year-old right-hander will not be forced to pay a fine. Both Pineda and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted they expected a suspension immediately following the game, although New York manager Joe Girardi claimed he would "talk to MLB about" changing Rule 8.02(b) in the future. Should Pineda accept the league's ruling and begin his suspension without an appeal, he will be eligible to pitch again May 4 against the Rays, missing one start and delaying another.