Play For The Yankees?
Yes, Pineda played for the Yankees from 2012 to 2017.
On January 13, 2012, the Mariners traded Pineda, along with José Campos, to the New York Yankees for Jess Montero and Héctor Noes.
The Mariners felt they could afford to part with Pineda because of their depth of top-tier pitching prospects, including Danny Hultzen, James Paxton, and Taijuan Walker.
The Yankees needed a top-tier starting pitcher to pair with CC Sabathia, and the Mariners felt they could afford to part with Pineda because of their depth of top-tier pitching prospects.
Pineda missed the start of the 2012 season after being placed on the 15-day injured list with tendinitis in his right shoulder at the end of spring training. He tore the anterior labrum in his right shoulder during his recovery.
On May 1, 2012, he had arthroscopic surgery and was ruled out for the 2012 season.
Pineda started the 2013 season on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing shoulder surgery.
On July 8, 2013, he was activated off the disabled list and optioned to the minor leagues, where he pitched for the Class AAA International League’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Pineda had a 1–1 record and a 3.86 ERA in six games for the RailRiders.
During spring training in 2014, Pineda contended for a spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation. Toward the end of spring training, he was named the Yankees’ fifth starter.
On April 5, 2014, he made his debut start for the Yankees. In the early innings of a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 10, Boston broadcasters saw a substance that seemed to be pine tar on the palm of Pineda’s pitching hand.
The chemical was wiped from Pineda’s hand halfway through his performance, only to be reapplied to his wrist.
The game’s umpires were never notified, and Pineda, who told reporters after the game that the substance on his hand was dirt, received no punishment.