Michael Pineda DUI: Yankees Pitcher Arrested In Tampa For Drunken Driving
ESPN is reporting that New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to the report, Pineda, who is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in April to repair a torn labrum, was pulled over around 3 am on Monday after an officer observed him “traveling at a high rate of speed, weaving from side to side, crossing the land markers/failing to maintain single lane of travel.”
The arresting officer said the 23-year-old pitcher had “bloodshot” and “glassy” eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on his breath. In two tests, Pineda’s blood-alcohol level registered 0.128 and 0.125 percent, records show. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.
He was booked at 5:35 a.m. and released on a $500 bond at 11:20 am, according to police records. The officer wrote that the arrest and booking occurred “without incident.”
Pineda, acquired by the Yankees in January in a four-player deal that sent Jesus Montero to the Mariners, has not pitched this season following his shoulder surgery. He is currently rehabbing his shoulder at the Yankees’s minor-league complex in Tampa.
“I’m devastated,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said previously of Pineda’s season ending injury. “ … Michael’s a good kid. He’s a hard worker. The last thing, obviously, that we want, and that he wants, is to have a surgery.”
In his rookie season with the Mariners in 2011, Pineda went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 171 innings.
Newsday reports that both Cashman and Yankees manager Joe Girardi declined to comment on Michael Pineda’s DUI arrest.