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Michael Pineda making progress in comeback attempt

Jul 21, 2014, 12:48 PM EST

Michael Pineda AP

There might be some help on the horizon for the Yankees’ injury wrecked rotation.

Michael Pineda hasn’t pitched since being suspended for pine tar in April and then suffering an unrelated shoulder injury, but the right-hander has been cleared to throw live batting practice following numerous setbacks.

Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports that Pineda threw a bullpen session during the All-Star break without any issues, so if things go well this week he’d likely be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment that could make clear his return timetable.

Pineda, who missed all of 2012 and all of 2013 with injuries, posted a 1.83 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in four starts to begin the season before getting suspended/hurt.

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  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    SPOILER ALERT:

    You’re going to have to update this article after he suffers a setback.

    • chip56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      I hate this post but mostly because you’re probably right.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Put his body parts together with Sabathia’s and maybe you’ll get one league-average pitcher at the other end of the sausage pipeline.

      • chip56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        That’s a little much. If Pineda’s healthy he’s far better than league average – CC given his recent drop in velocity may not be.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Thumbs Up just for contributing “sausage pipeline” to my vocabulary.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        @chip56 so what happens when you take someone below average and someone above average and combine them and divide by 2?

    • drewzducks - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      I think he’s dividing by a fraction instead of multiplying.

  2. watermelon1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    An unrelated injury to what?

    The pine tar incident? Was there an injury ever related to the pine tar incident?

  3. wilmyers09 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    watermelon1 u clearly do not know that he had a couple injuries after pine tar

  4. pete2112 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    I’m not going to get too excited, but if he could come back and contribute it would be a big help as they’re going to need it. Hopefully no pine tar will be needed.

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