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Mariners will limit Michael Pineda to three more starts

Aug 30, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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Earlier today Matthew Pouliot examined Michael Pineda‘s chances of winning Rookie of the Year, but the Mariners just announced that he’ll have only three more starts in which to build his case.

Pitching coach Carl Willis told 950-KJR in Seattle that Pineda is scheduled to start on September 3, September 10, and September 21.

For much of the season there’s been speculation about how the Mariners planned to limit the 22-year-old right-hander’s workload and three more starts would give him a total of 28 starts and around 170 innings for the season. Pineda’s previous career-high was 139 innings last year in the minors, so that would represent an increase of about 20 percent.

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