NEW YORK — Major League Baseball does not plan to discipline Yankees righthander Michael Pineda for pitching with what appeared to be a foreign substance on his hand against the Red Sox on Thursday night. But officials said they plan to speak to the Yankees about the situation.
“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox,” spokesman Pat Courtney told the Globe on Friday. “Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension. But we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”
Pineda claimed the substance was dirt and Yankees manager Joe Girardi refused to speak directly about the issue. The Red Sox issued no accusations, acknowledging that pitchers often resort to pine tar or other substances to help with their grip.
Sox manager John Farrell said he did not realize Pineda was using any substance until after the pitcher wiped it off.
Pineda allowed one run over six innings and struck out seven in a game the Yankees won, 4-1.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.