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MLB roundup: No discipline thrown at Yankees' Pineda

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Major League Baseball does not plan to suspend New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who might have had pine tar on his throwing hand Thursday night while pitching against the Boston Red Sox.

Televised replays of Pineda's right hand showed what appeared to be a foreign substance, perhaps pine tar. Pineda, who allowed one run in six innings while striking out seven in the Yankees' 4-1 win, said there was only dirt on his hand when asked about it after the game.

MLB executive vice president Joe Torre told the New York Post on Friday that the league plans to discuss the matter with the Yankees

"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. "Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred."

---Less than a month after Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck 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 during a surgical procedure in Arizona. He was hit by a shot to the mound off the bat of Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez in an exhibition game against the Royals in March.

The 26-year-old Chapman said he has felt no ill effects from the injury while throwing on flat ground. His hope is to return to the Reds' bullpen in mid to late May. The projection after the incident was that his recovery would take six to eight weeks.

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

Moore left his start on Tuesday night in Kansas City because of discomfort in the elbow and the second or two MRI exams disclosed the partial tear, which gave him hope that he might be able pitch again this season.

The 24-year-old Moore was 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 150 1/3 innings last season. He is 0-2 this season with a 2.70 ERA.

---The Arizona Diamondbacks signed veteran left-hander Randy Wolf to a minor league contract on Friday.

CBSSports.com reported that Wolf will get $1 million when he joins the big-league club.

Wolf, 37, might not be in the minors for long. The Diamondbacks' rotation has struggled so far this season with a 6.57 ERA. Only the Minnesota Twins are worse in the majors with a 6.89 ERA.

In 14 major-league seasons, Wolf is 132-117 with a 4.20 ERA for the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. He did not pitch last season because of elbow surgery.

---Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was out of the lineup on Friday night against the Washington Nationals for the second straight game because of a jammed right wrist.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has indicated that Simmons, who was injured on a collision at home plate on Wednesday, could be back in the lineup Saturday or Sunday against the Nationals.

Ramiro Pena again replaced Simmons, who is batting .321 in eight games, at shortstop.

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