Pineda Could Be Suspended 10 Games
Multiple reports indicate that an MLB spokesman has stated that there’s no automatic suspension for Michael Pineda as MLB vice president Joe Torre will review the situation.
According to MLB Rule 8.02(a)(2), Michael Pineda could be out for the next week and a half:
The pitcher shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically for 10 games.
This puts the Yankees in a tough position as four days earlier, starter Ivan Nova found out that he is out for the season with a UCL tear in his throwing elbow. Earlier this week, Joe Girardi said that Vidal Nuno would take his place.
The Yankees could likely need another starter to take over for possibly up to two games. David Phelps was the second candidate for Nova so one can only assume that he would be the next man up into the starting rotation.
On Wednesday night, Phelps was the one who was called to the mound upon Pineda’s ejection. He did not look good in 2.0 IP, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and 3 walks.
Michael Pineda was ejected in Wednesday night’s second inning against the Red Sox for having pine tar spotted on his neck.