This was the second time in two weeks that Pineda applied pine tar recklessly vs. Red Sox.
Instead of thanking the baseball Gods the first time, and showing respect to Boston’s skipper John Farrell for handing him a get-out-of-jail free card when there was clearly a substance on his hand, he did it again.
Unlike going on the 15-day DL, Pineda’s 10-game suspension does not free up a spot on the 25-man roster, leaving the Yankees to work with 24.
With starter Ivan Nova needing Tommy John, and out for the season it exposes the Yankees strong rotation and leaves the team in a pickle of anyone gets injured. So his absence leaves the rotation in flux.
In order to fill Pineda’s spot, the Yankees had to send down utility man Dean Anna to Triple-A, which means Yangervis Solarte would be used as Derek Jeter’s back up at shortstop, God forbid.
Already, Pineda use of pine tar got him chucked in the second inning of a game, and taxed the Yankees bullpen, which resulted in a loss to the Red Sox.
The bottom line is looking forward to September, if the Yankees end up missing the postseason by a game or two, could Pineda’s suspension have been the difference?
You’re darn right it could.
Pineda is not above baseball, and since the first incident didn’t shake him, it only seems mandatory that some of his teammates need to step in.