Umpire Brian O’Nora: ‘Can’t Comment’ On Michael Pineda Hand Substance


Michael PinedaNEW YORK — It looked like Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda had a foreign substance on his throwing hand during Thursday’s start against the Boston Red Sox. But we might never know.

Pineda said after Thursday’s game, during which he allowed just one run over six innings in the Yankees’ 4-1 victory, that the substance located on his pitching hand was just “dirt.” The Red Sox never asked the umpires about the strange, pine tar-looking substance, either, so crew chief Brian O’Nora couldn’t say much after the game.

“I can’t comment on it because we’re on the field, and the Red Sox didn’t bring it to our attention, so there’s nothing we can do about it,” O’Nora said. “If they bring it to our attention then you’ve got to do something, but they didn’t bring it to our attention.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Thursday’s game he became aware of the substance on Pineda’s hand in the fourth inning but that it was gone in the fifth inning before Boston could even consider asking the umpires to take a look.

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