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New York Yankees Shut Down Michael Pineda Due to Inflammation in Back

May 31st, 2014 at 6:23 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Michael Pineda's road to recovery from a back injury took a turn for the worse on Saturday as the New York Yankees starting pitcher had to be shutdown due to inflammation in his back.

Pineda, who has been on the disabled list since May 6, has been rehabbing without a hiccup, but MLB.com's Bryan Hoch is reporting there has been a setback:

Michael Pineda had been scheduled to be on the mound in an extended spring training game on Sunday, but that has been scratched. Joe Girardi said that an MRI showed inflammation in the same spot of Pineda’s upper back, and he will be shut down for a while before trying to resume his rehab. Girardi said that he still believes Pineda will make it back to help the team this year, but obviously a June return now looks unlikely.

The inflammation in Pineda's back is exactly where his original injury was.

The 25-year-old was scheduled to return around the first or second week in June, however that timetable will undoubtedly be pushed back. Not to mention, the Yanks will take even more caution and time in bringing Pineda back in order to avoid losing him for the season.

Pineda has quite the history with injuries while in the Bronx, as he missed the past two seasons with elbow problems.

When he's been on the field, Pineda has been stellar for the Bombers and he looked to be one of their best starters. Pineda's stay on the disabled list for a longer time will be very damaging to a Yankees' rotation that is already battered and bruised without the likes of Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia.

 

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