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Michael Pineda unlikely to return before August

Jun 13, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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Yankees starter Michael Pineda isn’t likely to rejoin the Yankees until August according to manager Joe Girardi. The report comes from Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York. Pineda has been on the disabled list since May 6 with a teres major strain in his right shoulder.

According to Girardi, Pineda won’t pick up a baseball for another week. Once he does start throwing, he’ll need a full spring training (about six weeks) to get back in shape.

Pineda, 25, posted a 1.83 ERA with a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings across four starts before his injury.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Will he ever return. His fate is still unlearned. He may reside forever in the realm of unfilled potential. He is the young man who may never return.

    • bronxbomber213 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      The Legend of Carl Pavano

      • ezthinking - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Except Pineda can be cut at any time and Pavano cost $40 mil.

        You don’t want Montero back do you?

      • f.verd - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Besides Nick Johnson and Carl…could Pineda be a third Mr. Glass? Three glasses — now that’s raising the bar!

  2. pisano - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    They’re doing pretty good without him, sure it would be nice to have him back, but Whitley, Phelps, and Nuno are keeping their heads above water.

  3. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    The slug on the main page says “bad news for the Yankees”. If Whitley keeps throwing the way he is, any delay in his return will be bad news only for Pineda

    • Kevin S. - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:19 AM

      Meh, Whitley is holding down Nova’s spot. As far as I’m concerned, CC and Pineda can’t send Nuno and Phelps back to the bullpen fast enough.

    • dan1111 - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:41 AM

      This is a laughable claim. The Yankees are 10th in the AL (and worst in their division) in runs allowed per game. They have allowed more runs than they have scored.

      And as Kevin notes, their rotation currently features Vidal Nuno and David Phelps.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I actually like Pineda. I maybe got a little hyperbolic still feeling the effects of Whitley’s outing on Thursday. I’ll be glad to see him back. But CC? With the way THIS team is scoring runs right lately? For how long does he have to be terrible before we readjust our expectations?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Have you seen what Nuno and Phelps have done in the rotation?

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        I watch every game. They’ve both been awful and they both have lower ERAs than CC.

    • schreibdave - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      or maybe for CC.

  4. miguelcairo - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Wouldn’t quite call it “bad news.” I think most Yankee fans would be thrilled to have him back in the rotation come August.

  5. bmadormo - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Their issue isn’t allowed runs-it’s in runs scored.
    Their record when the 3 replacement pitchers is quite good.
    The focus must be on Beltran-McCann primarily. They must pick it up.

    • f.verd - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Joe G insists they (Beltran-McCann) will perform as on the back of their bb cards… That’s great news for all Yankee fans because it means we are in for a hell of a ride…literally tons of RBI’s in the near future – almost too many to count so quickly. Fasten your seat belts…

  6. cowboysoldiertx - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Yankees need him back asap no doubt to that.

  7. denny65 - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Meanwhile, Jesus is now in a Mariners uniform, called up from Tacoma on Thursday because, in his words, he “deserves it.”

    It’s all about him, dontchaknow.

  8. sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM


    Montero and Pineda are both trying to see who can do worse than the other one…

    Many of these “prospects” don’t pan out…

  9. jfk69 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Finally another chance to see if the Yankee call ups are really major league players. This is only way they will ever have a chance to get under 200 million in cap space. Highly unlikely though as the Yankee’s will always spend and trade away youth to keep those turn styles spinning in the name of fan appreciation and winning at all costs.

  10. ejannetta - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I don’t expect Pineda to pitch again this year and even if he does…he’ll be back on the DL after one outing. Yanks are in BIG trouble with the current rotation. If they don’t pull off a trade for a top of the rotation starter they will not make the playoffs….looks like it could be another wasted year.

  11. ejannetta - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    How is Vidal Nuno doing today?…Bahahaha! this guy is absolutely horrendous…..C’ many other teams would this guy be on their pitching roster?…Not many….He looks more like Vidal Sassoon pitching……Yanks are toast with this guy.pitching every 5th day.

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