New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda pleaded no contest to driving under the influence. Hillsborough County State Attorney spokesman...
TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda pleaded no contest to driving under the influence.
Hillsborough County State Attorney spokesman Mark Cox said Pineda entered the plea Wednesday in a Tampa courtroom.
Pineda, a former Mariner, was arrested and charged with DUI in Tampa on Aug. 20 last year.
Cox said a judge ordered Pineda to serve 50 hours community service, up to one year of probation, attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine.
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Pineda, 24, missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, and he’s expected to be out until at least June of this year as he recovers.
In other Yankees news, pitcher Phil Hughes could be sidelined for two weeks because of a bulging disk that will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two relievers brought in to upgrade the Angels bullpen are getting a little closer to being ready, manager Mike Scioscia said.
Right-handed closer Ryan Madson has begun throwing again while left-handed reliever Sean Burnett is likely a week away from throwing.
Scioscia said Madson is playing catch, his first throwing action since Feb. 1 when he felt soreness in his surgically repaired throwing elbow that caused him to miss all of last season. He is coming back from elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
Burnett, who signed a two-year, $8 million contract during the offseason, aggravated his lower back while lifting his child into a car last week.
Madson, 32, was brought in specifically to close out games and was signed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Both pitchers were brought in to upgrade an area of need.
The Angels’ 38 saves were four below the American League average last season and only four teams finished with a lower total. Their 22 blown saves tied Boston for the league lead.
The Angels bullpen’s collective 3.97 earned-run average was third from the bottom in the American League.
Stanton gets beaned
JUPITER, Fla. — A scary moment happened at Miami Marlins camp when young phenom Jose Fernandez hit slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the head with a pitch.
The Marlins were conducting simulated-game batting practice when the Marlins’ most important player stepped in to face their most important player of the future. Fernandez’s first pitch, a fastball, rode up and in, knocking Stanton’s helmet off.
Stanton said the pitch hit him at the base of the back of his head and top of the neck. He remained on his feet and walked off the field. He signed a couple of autographs before leaving in a golf cart.
“I wasn’t dizzy. I saw a little grayness, fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it is subsiding now,” Stanton said.
Manager Mike Redmond said Stanton had a bruise on his neck but no concussion symptoms.
After practice, Stanton stood in the clubhouse with an ice bag on his neck, while Fernandez sat alone at his locker with his head down. The 20-year-old right-hander, the Marlins’ first-round draft pick in 2011, said the pitch slipped from his hand but still had plenty of velocity.
“Over 95 mph, I know it was. It’s a scary moment,” Fernandez said. “My hands were sweating a lot. It was just not a good pitch. I feel bad. It’s not a good feeling, I promise you.”
Fernandez said he apologized to Stanton.
“He said, ‘Bro, it’s OK. It’s baseball. It happens,’ ” Fernandez said.
• For the first time in his career, A.J. Burnett is getting the call on opening day. Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle named the veteran right-hander the team’s starter when the Pirates begin the season at home April 1 against the Chicago Cubs. Hurdle said left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will start the second game.
• San Francisco left-hander Javier Lopez will miss up to a week after a warmup pitch hit him on the top of his left hand during practice.
• New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has a strained muscle on his right side and is day to day after receiving a cortisone shot.