Twins pitcher Pineda banned 60 games for drug violation

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

After dropping the first game of a crucial three-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, the Twins learned that they will be without the services of their top starting pitcher Michael Pineda after he earned a 60-game suspension for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drugs policy. He hasn't lost since June 28. Lindor tagged Smeltzer for his 29th of the season in the fifth. Win Twins. It doesn't change anything. It was his second homer of the series and 29th of the season.

He said, however, that he takes responsibility for "what goes in his body" and therefore accepted the suspension and that he hopes to be an example to others about the importance of checking with experts before taking substances from an outside source.

After putting Oscar Mercado and Carlos Santana on with walks, Yasiel Puig would lace an RBI double to tie the game for Cleveland.


"I kind of stepped in that box and I felt like something cool was going to happen", Garver said. We love that guy; he's been huge for this team, as a player, as a mentor, as a person, you know? "But thankfully we both came out OK". "Our team has been pretty resilient with everything that's been thrown at it to this point, and I think we're going to have the ability to acknowledge this and process what's going on and still continue to go out there and do our jobs".

Buxton was sidelined for a month after injuring his shoulder while crashing into a wall on August 1.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said CF Byron Buxton flew to California on Sunday to have a specialist check out his injured left shoulder. Roberto Perez is 8-for-26 with a home run and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland.


Minnesota outfielder Max Kepler left the game after popping out in the first inning with upper-chest discomfort and was listed as day-to-day.

Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: (groin), Jefry Rodriguez: (shoulder), Tyler Olson: (undisclosed), Corey Kluber: (arm), A.J. Cole: (shoulder), Cody Anderson: (elbow), Tyler Naquin: (knee), Jose Ramirez: (wrist), Christian Arroyo: (forearm). "Sano was not going to be available tonight, he's had some back soreness", Baldelli said. With the wild card race now neck-and-neck with the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians have fallen to 3-6 as they drag themselves to the finish line. He allowed two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two. They're hoping to carry their regular-season magic over to the playoffs as they rapidly approach, but took a blow on Saturday after Major League Baseball announced starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 60 games, effective immediately.


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