|Jason Mastrodonato/Springfield Republican
|Less than two weeks after last being suspected of having a foreign substance on his hand, Yankees’ starter Michael Pineda was caught with a foreign substance on his neck in the second inning of Wednesday’s game. Both games were in series against the Yankees’ rivals the Boston Red Sox.
According to MLB.com the Red Sox NESN television broadcast caught a shot of the substance smeared on Pineda’s next. Red Sox manager John Farrell immediately took the information to the the umpires who went out and examined Pineda. They started with his glove and hand but found the substance smudged on his neck. Major League Baseball Official Rule 8.02 states:
“The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” For any violation of the rule, the official rules indicate that “the pitcher shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically for 10 games.”