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Pineda pleads no contest to DUI charge


TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda on Wednesday pleaded no contest to driving under the influence, according to The Associated Press.

Pineda, 24, was arrested and charged for driving under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 20. He was arrested without incident and released on $500 bond. The arresting officer wrote at the time that Pineda "had a fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy," that his breath smelled of alcohol and that his speech was slurred.

According to the AP, Pineda entered the plea Wednesday in a Tampa courtroom, and the judge ordered that he serve 50 hours of community service and up to one year of probation, attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine.

Pineda, who was traded from Seattle to New York last winter, sat out the entire 2012 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He underwent surgery last April and isn't expected to pitch in any Grapefruit League games this spring as he works his way back from the injury. General manager Brian Cashman has said June is a realistic return date for Pineda.

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