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New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda Out 3-4 Weeks with Grade 1 Back Muscle Strain

April 30th, 2014 at 12:44 AM
By Doug Rush

Michael Pineda was supposed to return to the New York Yankees on Monday night following his 10 game suspension for using pine tar in a game last week against the Boston Red Sox.

That return will be delayed for a little while longer, as Pineda will now be forced to miss the next 3-4 weeks with a Grade 1 strain of the teres muscle (back) and will be shut down by the Yankees, as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported.

Pineda left Tuesday's simulated game with what was being called a tight lat muscle, but after further evaluation, it was determined that Pineda's back was the issue and he wouldn't be returning to the Yankees as everyone thought.

Pineda will travel back to New York to see the Yankees team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, but it's clear that the Yankees will be without their young right-handed starter for at least a month.

David Phelps is making Pineda's start on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners and will likely take Pineda's scheduled start on Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels; Monday night was when Pineda was expected to return from the suspension, but he'll likely land on the disabled list instead.

Pineda likely going on the DL once he's back from the suspension will make him the second starter to be shelved with an injury; Ivan Nova is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his elbow and needing Tommy John Surgery.

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