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New York Yankees’ Michael Pineda Threw 25-Pitch Bullpen; Mid-August Return is Best Case Situation

July 12th, 2014 at 4:48 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees have 80 percent of their starting rotation on the disabled list and it's tough to tell when they will get any of them back, if at all.

However, they could potentially get one of those pitchers back next month as Michael Pineda threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Saturday and reported no pain in his back or shoulder, as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported.

Pineda has been out since the end of April after he initially got suspended for 10 games for the pine tar incident at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox after he put pine tar on his neck and was caught with it by umpires which lead to his ejection and then the 10-game ban. While serving the suspension, Pineda got hurt throwing a simulated game down in Tampa and landed on the disabled list on May 6.

Pineda has had multiple setbacks while on the disabled list as he has tried to come back but the Yankees keep shutting him down due to pain in the back, which he strained in the initial simulated game. There was even one report last month that if Pineda needed to be shut down for good, the Yankees were seriously considering non-tendering Pineda and ending ties with the pitcher.

Pineda was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the trade that sent Jesus Montero to Seattle back in January of 2012 and so far, the trade hasn't benefited either team, as Pineda didn't pitch for almost two years until this past April when he won the 5th starter job in spring training and went 2-2 in four starts with a 1.83 ERA and has 15 strikeouts and three walks in 19.2 innings before landing on the disabled list.

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

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