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Michael Pineda will miss the first 36 games of the MLB regular season due to his drug suspension. He was originally going to miss the first 39 games of the 2020 campaign.
Pineda was suspended 80 games in September for taking a banned substance. It was reduced down to 60, but now he will only have to miss the first 36 games of the 2020 campaign. Pineda will only make a couple of starts in the shortened season and would only be worth using as a streamer towards end of the year.
Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports Michael Pineda and the Minnesota Twins have come to terms on a two-year, $20 million contract.
Pineda went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA before being suspended for PEDs this past season. He’ll miss the first five weeks of the 2020 campaign due to the length of his 60-game ban, but he’ll be worth picking up in fantasy once he returns.
The Toronto Blue Jays have checked in on free agent SP Michael Pineda.
Pineda pitched for the Twins in 2019 prior to receiving a 60-game ban for performance-enhancing drug use. As a result, he'll be sidelined for just over the first month of the 2020 season. This will certainly impact his fantasy value, as will his ultimate landing spot this winter. When he was active in 2019, Pineda was effective, tossing a 4.01 ERA and 1.158 WHIP with nearly a strikeout per inning over 146 frames spanning 26 starts.
Michael Pineda has been suspended for 60 games for a drug violation, according to Jeff Passan.
Although this type of suspension is usually 80 games, Pineda reportedly made a compelling case that the banned diuretic he used was not a masking agent and, therefore, his ban was lowered to 60 games on appeal. Regardless, Pineda's season is over, which is a huge blow for the contending Twins. It's unclear who will take his spot in the rotation, but Pineda can be dropped in all formats.
Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda was excellent in a 6-2 loss to the Indians on Friday. Pineda allowed one run over six innings while striking out 10.
Pineda took a no-decision in the 11-inning loss. The veteran hurler has an 11-5 record, 4.01 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 140 strikeouts in 146 innings of work. He will face the Nationals in his next start.