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Michael Pineda got hurt throwing during his suspension

Apr 29, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

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Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda threw a simulated game today in order to maintain his arm strength during his 10-game suspension, but now he’s headed for an MRI exam after experiencing soreness in his lat muscle.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Pineda had to cut short the simulated game and now the Yankees are worried he won’t be able to make his first post-suspension start Monday as planned.

Pineda last pitched on April 23, when he was booted from a start against the Red Sox in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck. David Phelps would likely fill in next Monday against the Angels if needed and considering Pineda’s previous injury track record any setback is awfully worrisome.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Condolences Yankee fans.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      I am waiting for the thumb fairy.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I don’t know if you can call it an injury setback, as it is a different thing to have a lat/intercostal strain than a shoulder labrum tear. Seems like this is a new injury, which happens.

    I look forward to the frothy “pitching without pine tar caused an injury” rant from the NYC tabloids.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Even if it’s a different injury it’s still worrisome because some players seem to find a way to always be injured.

      Carl Pavano lost his spleen shoveling for example.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        Might be a bit premature to slap that label on Pineda. He has only had one injury, albeit a doozy.

      • mmeyer3387 - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Its hard for me to believe that athletes like having medical issues. It’s not good for them economically or from an image perspective. What Are you a doctor? If you are not doctor, what medical report are you basing your medical opinion on? The majority of athletes do not benefit from an illness. Furthermore, injury can cost athletes a lot of money. Pitchers have always been a medical risk, which generally increases with age.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Because what I said was “I’m a doctor and athletes like being injured.”

      • drewzducks - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        And I thought losing my keys while shoveling was a bummer.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        I’m sure he found his spleen when the snow melted.

  3. banger60 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Here we go again!

  4. musketmaniac - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    lol, players made out of glass now a days

    • Wesley Clark - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Actually, modern medicine is better at detecting injuries. With the amount of money in the game today, rub a little dirt on it and get back out there is not a practice most owners want their medical staff to adopt. Unlike the NFL, where players are just a commodity to be used up and thrown away, MLB players have guaranteed contracts. The owners want their investment, for lack of a better term, taken care of.

  5. disgracedfury - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    When you haven’t pitched more than 40 innings in two years it’s not surprising he has different injuries coming up.Than again every team has a major pitcher going down.

  6. ezthinking - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I can’t seem to find the info in the MLB rules.

    If he’s put on the DL do the Yankees get to fill his roster spot? During his suspension they can’t, but was wondering if the DL trumps that.

  7. yankeesfanlen - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Does this mean we get Montero back? No…wait

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      I hope so.

  8. penguins87and71 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Karma.

    • drewzducks - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      No, karma would be Matt Cooke ending Crosby’s career with a head shot.

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