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Yankees shut Michael Pineda down due to inflammation in his upper back

May 31, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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More bad news for the Yankees. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that the club has shut down starter Michael Pineda after an MRI showed inflammation in his upper back. The right-hander was scheduled to throw in a live spring training game on Sunday. The Yankees can now consider themselves lucky if they are able to get Pineda back before the All-Star break.

Pineda has been on the disabled list since May 6 with a Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle. He made four starts this season, posting a 1.83 ERA with a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He was ejected from his most recent start, on April 23 against the Red Sox, after he was caught with pine tar on his neck. Pineda was given a 10-game suspension for the violation.

  1. pisano - May 31, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Good God, what else is new.

    • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      It appears that Pineda is a tad injury prone.

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    That’s weird.

    I seem to recall being told he wasn’t injury prone and that he really only had the one major injury.

    But this is, what, his 3rd setback from another injury?

    • tuberippin - May 31, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Pineda is just New York’s version of Buchholz. Both great when they’re on, but injuries & mechanical flaws keep screwing them over.

  3. tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    But at least the Mariners are also stupid so the Yankees didn’t actually give up anything valuable for him.

  4. gmagic9044 - May 31, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Wow… Was the pine tar holding Pineda together??

  5. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Still won the Montero trade.

  6. themagicfanguy - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Price is a coward, stop acting like a child and own up to your actions. You threw at a guy because he’s better than you then did nothing but lie about it, grow the heck up.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      By that same logic, Ortiz needs to man the heck up, as he gets hit far less than most other big sluggers. Take your base and STFU.

  7. drewzducks - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Yanks fans will soon be pining for the one month that guy was actually upright and functional.

  8. trbmb - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    No problem, the brilliant GM, Cashman, will fix it. As I’ve been advised by the ‘moron’ NY Post baseball writer.

  9. denny65 - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Well, I’m willing to bet Montero has spent more time actually playing than has Pineda, 50-game Biogenesis suspension included.

    So the Mariners–well, actually the Tacoma Rainiers–won this particular trade, something Jack Z is rarely able to claim.

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