(NEW YORK) — The MLB suspended New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda on Thursday “for possessing a foreign substance on his person” during Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox.
Pineda was ejected in the second inning when umpires and Red Sox manager John Farrell saw pine tar on the right side of his neck.
“I know I make a mistake tonight, and I feel so sad,” Pineda said after the game. “I learn from this mistake and I don’t do it again.”
In his first start against Boston on April 10 at Yankee Stadium, Pineda was accused of having a foreign substance on his wrist. Pineda said after it was a combination of dirt and sweat he used to get a better grip of the ball. Following his ejection on Wednesday night, the 25-year old admitted to his mistake and apologized for his actions.
“I don’t think he’s trying to do anything to cheat, I think he’s trying to go out there and compete,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “He used bad judgment tonight. He’ll admit to that.”
The suspension should cost Pineda two starts and will hurt a Yankees pitching staff that is already missing Ivan Nova, who suffered an injury last week.
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Jill Martin, CNN