Updates from Friday, April 11
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Pineda shouldn't expect any punishment from Major League Baseball:
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda might have been relying on a little more than his right arm on Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish spotted what appeared to be a foreign substance—possibly pine tar—on Pineda's palm:
The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham provided a closer look:
Here’s the goop on Pineda’s hand: pic.twitter.com/Axx9bHqs2n— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 11, 2014
Despite being illegal for pitchers to use it, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted out that pine tar isn't a problem for opposing hitters as long as it doesn't collect on the ball:
Some hitters say they don't care if pitchers use pine tar to help with the grip. They just don't want to see gobs of substance on the ball.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 11, 2014
Pineda might have to answer some questions about the substance after the game. It's clear that something is there. Whether or not it's giving him an advantage is the question at hand.
This certainly isn't the first time we have seen pitchers trying to gain an advantage with a foreign substance. It was around this time last year that Boston pitchers Clay Buchholz and Junichi Tazawa were accused of doctoring the ball in a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.