Michael Pineda has been recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery and therefore won’t pitch for the Yankees this year. So he must be spending his free time wisely, right? Well, Pineda was busted for DUI in Tampa, Florida on a busy road this morning. Cops saw him driving his SUV without headlights on and also weaving back and forth.
The burly Pineda, 23, “had a fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy,” a Tampa police officer wrote after pulling the 23-year-old hurler over at 2:35 a.m. on North Dale Mabry Highway.
“I could smell a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and his speech was slurred,” the cop wrote about Pineda, who was an All-Star in his rookie season last year with the Seattle Mariners.
The Dominican Republic native’s blood-alcohol level was found to be .128 and .125 in two separate readings, according to police records.
He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, and released on a $500 bond from jail shortly before noon today.