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Michael Pineda Setback Shows New York Yankees Can’t Trust Him for Rest of 2014

June 21st, 2014 at 9:48 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees should start making plans for Michael Pineda to be out for the rest of the season after another setback in his rehab from a back injury.

Pineda has been out since April when he was suspended for using pine tar while displaying it on his neck versus the Boston Red Sox. It was then Yankees fans knew they might not be able to trust Pineda.

He injured himself while trying to stay loose during his suspension and his rehab has been nothing short of a mess.  Looks like pine tar isn't the only reason not to trust Pineda because for the vast majority of his career in pinstripes, the right-hander has been on the shelfand 2014 is no different.

Aside from his initial lat injury, Pineda has experienced multiple setbacks while rehabbing and the latest was reported on Saturday by ESPNNewYork.com's Danny Knobler.

Knobler's report says doctors found more inflammation in Pineda's shoulder and will have to shut him down for another week. The hope is that Pineda can play catch next weekend and start his road to recovery.

Don't count on it.

How can anyone possibly imagine that hope is on the horizon for Pineda? Negativity has been the one theme that has remained consistent during Pineda's tenure.

With that being said, the organization can't wait for Pineda to come back. Instead, the Yanks must be more aggressive in their search to find a starting pitcher because they've most likely lost another one for the rest of the way.

Granted, that isn't certain yet, but what would you bet on?

If he does end up unable to return for New York, Pineda could be seeing his last days in the Bronx. Bleacher Report's Will Carroll broke it down:

Perhaps a reality such as the one Carroll lays out will be why the Yanks decide to go all-in if there's a good, young pitcher available to trade for. Pineda was supposed to be apart of the future and instead the Bronx Bombers are looking for another arm to replace himquite possibly for good.

It would just be par for the course in the story of Pineda and the Yankees. 

Tags: Baseball, Bronx Bombers, Michael Pineda, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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