Touch 'Em All: A smudge on a hand worth - what?

A dark substance on the palm of Michael Pineda's pitching hand was gone after the fourth inning.
A dark substance on the palm of Michael Pineda's pitching hand was gone after the fourth inning. (AP)
Posted: April 13, 2014

Was it dirt? was it pine tar?

Whatever the brownish substance was on N.Y. Yankees starter Michael Pineda's right hand in the early innings of Thursday's game against Boston in the Bronx, it was gone by the fifth.

That's why Boston manager John Farrell didn't point it out to the umps, he said after the Yankees' 4-1 win.

Maybe the fact that two of his starters, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, have been accused of using a foreign substance swayed him, too.

Pineda, who allowed one run in six innings while striking out seven, said afterward it was only dirt, moistened by sweat.

On Friday, Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre told the New York Post that Pineda did not face a suspension. But Torre said he planned to talk to his former team about it.

"The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game, and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox," Torre said.

Chapman to throw

Less than a month after Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive during spring training, he will throw a bullpen session on Monday.

Chapman has not been on the mound since he suffered a mild concussion and had a plate and screws placed around his eye socket to repair bone fractures.

Wolf gets a shot

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed ex-Phillies lefthander Randy Wolf to a minor-league contract on Friday. reported that Wolf, 37, will get $1 million when he joins the big-league club.

Sick bay

Tampa Bay Rays lefthander Matt Moore, who has a partially torn ulnar-collateral ligament, plans to wait a few days before deciding whether he will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons missed his second straight game Friday because of a jammed right wrist.

Inquirer wire services contributed to this article.

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