Well, it looks like the Michael Pineda pine tar story has one final chapter before we can put the story to rest.
Joe Torre (who is the vice president of baseball), spoke to Brian Cashman and the Yankees earlier today regarding the pine tar issue from last night. Torre said Pineda will not be suspended and considers the matter a non-issue, especially after the Red Sox deemed it a non-issue last night. Here was Torre’s statement:
“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox. Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”
Joe Girardi spoke to Michael Pineda earlier today, but it wasn’t about whether or not he used pine tar.
“I don’t talk to pitchers about that, like, ‘Do you use or don’t you use?’ ” Girardi said. “I mean, this is not a recreational drug. So I don’t talk to people about that. I’m aware. I’ve been on teams where I’ve seen it. I’m 99 percent sure that I know of guys on other teams that use it, and I just haven’t said anything. So will we talk to Michael? If we did, I wouldn’t tell you anyway.”
However, Girardi is questioning a rule change and may even want some clarification as to when it would be acceptable for players to use pine tar.
“The way we’re addressing rules now, I think we could address that and get some clarity on it,” Girardi said. “It would probably be helpful.”
— Mark Teixeira is expected back in the Yankees lineup on May 1st, but Brendan Ryan might be another story. Ryan has been doing extremely light baseball activities as he attempts to come back from a back injury which sidelined him during Spring Training.
“It’s improving,” Girardi said, “but he’s still a ways away from games.”
— Brett Gardner has the night off and it might have something to do with his career numbers against Lester. However, Ichiro Suzuki will get the start against Lester since he has very good numbers against him.