Red Sox have little to say about Pineda's suspension

Red Sox have little to say about Pineda's suspension
April 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The news that Michael Pineda was suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball was received without much reaction within the Red Sox clubhouse Thursday.

"I don't know what the precedent was for all that stuff,'' said catcher David Ross. "That aside, I'm just glad we won last night. We've got to worry about ourselves more than other people. That's yesterday.''

"No reaction if it was too few or too many,'' said manager John Farrell, "nothing in terms of that. I think when a player goes down that path, you're assuming potential consequence and that's what's been handed down.''

Ross said the Sox called attention to Pineda's action only as a last resort.

"I don't even know if we really wanted to bring it up other than having to,'' he said. "It was one of those things with how blatant it was. I've heard a lot of nice things about him and I know [the Yankees] run a first-class organization over there. Reading some of their comments from yesterday, I'm sure they want to put things behind them.

"We're not looking to bust people for little incidental things. That's not what we're about. We're about keeping our things in house and worrying about ourselves and taking care of business the Red Sox way. That being said, we're moving forward.''

Some have suggested that Major League Baseball shown change the rule to allow pitchers to use pine tar, especially in colder drier weather, but Farrell said that's unnecessary.

"I think there are probably ways you can probably be more discreet,'' he said. "I don't think this is something that's in need of a rule change. It seemingly has worked fine for a number of years.''

Asked where he would draw the line on pine tar use, Farrell said: "I think that was demonstrated [Wednesday] night.''