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Michael Pineda will need more than four weeks to recover from shoulder strain

May 11, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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While throwing in a simulated game towards the end of April, Yankees starter Michael Pineda suffered a strain of the teres major muscle in his shoulder. The diagnosis purported Pineda would need three or four weeks to recover. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Pineda will need more than four weeks now, according to manager Joe Girardi, via Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger.

Pineda played catch at a distance of 60 feet on Saturday, Castillo writes, and everything went well, but Girardi is in no mood to rush the right-hander considering his four starts this season were his first for the Yankees since they acquired him in January 2012 in the Jesus Montero trade.

Pineda, of course, made headlines when he was caught on national television with pine tar on his neck, but when he wasn’t brazenly breaking baseball’s rules, he was pitching well for the Yankees. In four starts, the 25-year-old posted a 1.83 ERA with 15 strikeouts and three walks over 19 2/3 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 11, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Poor guy. He seems to be extremely injury prone.

  2. miguelcairo - May 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    What a bummer.

  3. jayquintana - May 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    This might not be that bad of a thing for the Yankees. Pineda is on an innings limit this year. So, if he’s the real deal (a big IF, I know), then it’s better that he doesn’t pitch in May and June rather than in September and October.

  4. drewzducks - May 12, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    At least they’ll have the Jeter Farewell Tour to look forward to come September when they’re flirting with another sub .500 season. Way to go out on the bottom.

    • pete2112 - May 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Hey Drew, it would probably suit you well to get your facts straight before making such a foolish comment such as “another sub .500 season”. Are you serious? Have you been watching baseball since the Blue Jays won their last championship?

      • drewzducks - May 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Sorry, I tend to ignore the also-rans. And I’ve been watching baseball prior to the ‘Jays existence.

  5. aspinaci - May 12, 2014 at 3:54 AM

    Drew, if by “another sub .500 season” I’m guessing you mean since ’92, 21 years ago?

  6. southpaw2k - May 12, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    With CC on the DL as well, the Yankees’ pitching staff is looking uglier and uglier every day. Tanaka’s been the lone consistent bright spot for their rotation so far, but I don’t see him keeping the Yankees afloat by himself while CC and Pineda are down.

  7. unlost1 - May 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    trade him back for montero

  8. sonsoflombardi - May 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Rub some pine tar on it and man up!

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