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Michael Pineda out 3-4 weeks with teres major muscle strain

Apr 29, 2014, 11:51 PM EDT

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Michael Pineda was expected to return from his 10-game pine tar suspension next Monday and start in the Yankees’ three-game series opener at Angel Stadium. But that definitely won’t happen now.

According to’s Bryan Hoch, Pineda suffered a teres major muscle strain Tuesday during a simulated game and will remain sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks. It’s a Grade 1 strain — the least severe — but the teres major muscle runs near the shoulder and Pineda did not appear in the majors in 2012 or 2013 because of a major shoulder injury.

In other words, he is not going to be rushed back.

Pineda had registered a 1.83 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio through 19 2/3 innings (four starts) this season for the Yanks. David Phelps will now make that Monday start against the Angels.

  1. 1998yanks - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Not looking good for Pineda this year. I will be at the game on Monday. I hope Phelps pitches good as the Angels always play the Yankees well in Anaheim.

  2. aresachaela - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    As much I hated you for doing that stupid move Pineda, as a Yankee fan, I always wish you the best.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Commonly caused by gripping the ball too well..

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Gloom, but a tad too soon for doom.

  5. ch0psuey - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:27 AM


  6. drewsylvania - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Oh noes.

  7. trbmb - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    No problem here. The Yanks will reach down into their vast collection of outstanding prospects on the farm and bring up a replacement. Whoops, I forgot, Cashman is the GM and as always, there are zero prospects. Thus, Cashman will have to execute his only skill, delivery of CASH.

    • aresachaela - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      “That” is his name after all. HAHA XD!!

    • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Actually, finding serviceable fill-i starters is something Cashman does quite well.

  8. beastmode5150 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Montero raking in AAA.

  9. mikhelb - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    That could mean that Alfredo Aceves could be called up to replace Phelps in the bullpen.

  10. bobwsc - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    just rub some dirt on it and you’ll be fine, Kid. or pine tar.

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