Michael Pineda gets 10-game suspension for having pine tar on neck while pitching

BOSTON - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended 10 games Thursday for “possessing a foreign substance on his person” while pitching against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night.

Pineda acknowledged after the game that he had pine tar on his neck, according to an ESPN report.

If not appealed, the suspension will begin Thursday night, according to Major League Baseball officials. 

Pineda was previously suspected of possessing pine tar on his palm while pitching against the Red Sox on April 10, the report said .

Pineda is expected to miss his next two starts if the suspension is not appealed.

Pineda was acquired by the New York Yankees in 2012 and made his Yankees debut in 2014 after missing two seasons due to injuries, beginning the season 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA. 

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