Earlier this month, Pineda pitched well in a 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Television cameras showed a substance on his hand during that outing — Pineda said it was dirt, not pine tar.
Pineda said he didn't use pine tar in a start against the Chicago Cubs, in between his Red Sox outings.
Among other suspensions of pitchers for pine tar in the past decade, Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Angels' Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis' Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004. The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players' association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.
Pineda said Thursday he didn't feel the ball well in the first inning when he allowed two runs on four hits. And he said he wanted to be careful not to hit any batters.
"I know it's pine tar, but the pine tar did not help me" throw harder, he said. "It helped me for feel, (get) a better grip."
He also said no one told him to use it. He said he did it "by myself," he said.
Manager Joe Girardi indicated David Phelps would take Pineda's turn in the rotation. Phelps came into the game with two outs in the second after Pineda was ejected.