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Injured Yankee Michael Pineda charged with DUI

TAMPA — Injured Yankees RHP Michael Pineda was arrested early Monday on a drunken driving charge.

Pineda, 23, was arrested by Tampa police shortly after 3 a.m. at Manhattan Avenue and Spruce Street, according to Hillsborough County jail records.

A police officer spotted Pineda's sport utility vehicle headed south on Dale Mabry Highway with no headlights, according to a Tampa police arrest report. The SUV then traveled west on Boy Scout Boulevard at a high rate of speed before turning south on West Shore Boulevard.

The officer pulled over Pineda and said the pitcher had "bloodshot" and "glassy" eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on his breath.

In two tests, his blood-alcohol level was .128 and .125 percent, records show. The state presumes impairment at .08.

He was released Monday on the misdemeanor charge after posting $500 bail.

Pineda went to the Yankees in the offseason trade that sent C Jesus Montero to Seattle. He remained in Tampa at the Yankees' spring training facility after hurting his shoulder in March.

Pineda has not pitched in a game this season.

Surgery for Crawford

BOSTON — Red Sox LF Carl Crawford will have season-ending reconstructive surgery on his left elbow Thursday.

The former Rays All-Star has been playing with pain since coming off the disabled list last month. He was a major disappointment last season, his first with Boston after signing a $142 million, seven-year contract. He missed the first 89 games this season while recovering from left wrist surgery.

He partially tore his elbow ligament in April while rehabbing, slowing his return. Crawford was activated from the disabled list July 16 and was batting .282 with a .306 on-base percentage and a .479 slugging percentage.

In other Red Sox news, pitching coach Bob McClure was fired after less than one season. Boston has a 4.30 ERA, 11th in the AL. Assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann was promoted to replace McClure.

DRUG TESTING: Baseball and its players' union said urine samples in drug tests may be subject to additional analysis even if the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone is under the level that typically is considered a positive. The joint statement came five days after Giants OF Melky Cabrera, the All-Star game MVP, was suspended for 50 games for testosterone.

ATHLETICS: LHP Brett Anderson, who had reconstructive elbow surgery in July 2011, is scheduled to rejoin the rotation tonight.

BLUE JAYS: RF Jose Bautista, out since July 16 with left wrist inflammation, began a minor-league rehab assignment and hopes to be activated Friday.

METS: LHP Johan Santana, who has allowed six or more runs in his past five starts, will remain in the rotation but will be on a strict pitch count, manager Terry Collins told ESPN.

NATIONALS: RHP Lucas Giolito, the 16th overall pick in this year's draft, reinjured his pitching elbow in his minor-league debut Aug. 14 and is scheduled to be examined later this week.

PADRES: The team requested unconditional release waivers on former Rays SS Jason Bartlett, who has played in only 29 games this season because of a strained right knee.

PHILLIES: 3B Placido Polanco, out since July 26 with back inflammation, was activated from the disabled list.

ROCKIES: OF Michael Cuddyer, on the disabled list with an oblique strain, could be out for the season, manager Jim Tracy told the Denver Post.

Injured Yankee Michael Pineda charged with DUI 08/20/12 [Last modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 10:52pm]
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