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Michael Pineda returns from suspension, goes on the disabled list

May 6, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

Michael Pineda AP

Michael Pineda is officially back from his 10-game suspension for having pine tar on his neck, so the Yankees have placed him on the disabled list.

Pineda suffered a teres major muscle strain last week while throwing a simulated game to keep his arm strength intact during the suspension and is now expected to miss 3-4 weeks with the injury.

After missing all of 2012 and 2013 with shoulder problems Pineda looked fantastic through his first four starts, throwing 20 innings with a 1.93 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio up until the point he got booted by umpires in the second inning on April 23.

Workload-wise taking a few more weeks off may not be such a bad thing for Pineda long term, but that assumes the injury doesn’t linger of course. David Phelps will continue to fill in for Pineda in the Yankees’ rotation.

  1. ltpm3 - May 7, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Pineda looked great during his first three games because he was using pinetar for at least 3 of them – against Toronto once and Boston twice.

    • dcarroll73 - May 7, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      I’m ready to bet a large sum that if you had more pine tar than Georgia Pacific you still could not last one inning in the show. Wake up and smell the coffee. What Pineda is guilty of is criminal stupidity in his obviousness, but many MLB pitchers are doing exactly what he did.

    • anxovies - May 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      It is the inflexible rule that any comments to a blog like this will have a comment like this. I don’t understand it, nobody understands it, it just is. There is always some ignorant fool who will do it, no matter the humiliation and vilification. They can’t help themselves, it’s like lemmings over the cliff or Lindsay Lohan violating probation, it is always going to happen. The irony is that the affliction itself is a cry for help They are more properly an object of pity than scorn and they are incurable. There is nothing we can do for them. They are doomed.

  2. barrywhererufrom - May 7, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Pineda pitched well because he is a good pitcher. It had nothing to do with pine tar.

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