Michael Pineda Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Lat and Return

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Michael Pineda Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Lat and Return
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Updates from Monday, July 21

Ian Begley of ESPN reported on Michael Pineda's recovery:

Injured Yankees starter Michael Pineda is getting closer to starting his rehab assignment, manager Joe Girardi said.

Pineda, one of four Yankees’ starters penciled into the rotation at the beginning of the season who are injured, is expected to throw two sessions of live batting practice in the coming days. If all goes well, he will progress to throwing either simulated innings or innings against live hitters in rehab starts. 

 

Updates from Saturday, July 12

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com provides the latest on Michael Pineda's status:

 

Updates from Tuesday, July 8

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports on Michael Pineda's recovery process:

Right-hander Michael Pineda has progressed to playing catch at 90 feet. The Yankees hope to have him throw from a mound by the end of this week, with a mid-August return to the big leagues standing as his best-case scenario.

 

Updates from Saturday, June 28

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an update on Pineda's status:

 

Updates from Saturday, June 21

Danny Knobler has an update on Pineda's status:

 

Updates from Wednesday, June 18

Jamal Collier and Jake King-Schreifels has the latest on Pineda:

Michael Pineda, still recovering from soreness behind his right shoulder, is supposed to throw Saturday. On Friday, Girardi mentioned that Pineda would likely not be back to the rotation until August.

 

Updates from Friday, June 13

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com provides an update on Michael Pineda's injury:

Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger passes along more details:

 

Updates from Tuesday, June 3

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News provides an update on Michael Pineda's injury:

Andrew Marchand of ESPN passes along more details on what the move actually means for Pineda's recovery:

 

Updates from Sunday, June 1

Jeff Roberts of The Record provides a synopsis of Michael Pineda discussing his injury status:

Wallace Matthews of ESPN has more from Pineda:

"I don't feel that bad," Pineda said. "Not as bad as last time. It's a little better."

Pineda said he felt the pain after throwing on Tuesday, and again after playing catch on Thursday. He was supposed to have pitched in an intrasquad game Sunday in Tampa but was flown to New York to be examined by team doctors instead.

"I feel sad," he said. "I don't have nothing to do. But I'm keeping my head up, continuing my work, and that's it."

Roberts continued with a synopsis of Yankees manager Joe Girardi discussing Pineda's future:

 

Updates from Sunday, May 25

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com updated Michael Pineda's rehab as he continues to recover from his lat injury:

 

Updates from Monday May 19

Michael Pineda continues to rehab as he gets closer to a return date (via David Waldstein of the New York Times):

 

Updates from Sunday, May 18

Michael Pineda continues to work his way back toward the Yankees' rotation following his lat injury (via Meredith Marakovits of YES):

 

Updates from Friday, May 16

ESPN's Wallace Matthews provides an update on Michael Pineda's injury:

Michael Pineda, on the disabled list since May 6, threw a 20-pitch bullpen session and reported no pain in the strained back muscle he felt while throwing a simulated game during his suspension for using pine tar against the Boston Red Sox on April 23. 

 

Updates from Sunday, May 11

Manager Joe Girardi provided a more specific timetable for Michael Pinda's return via Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger:

 

Updates from Sunday, May 4

MLB Network Radio provided a synopsis of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman discussing Michael Pineda's injury status:

 

Original Text

It turns out Michael Pineda's 10-game suspension might just indirectly keep him sidelined for a little longer. 

The New York Yankees big right-hander, who was suspended last week after using pine tar in a start against the Boston Red Sox, went through a simulated game to stay on throwing schedule Tuesday, but it resulted in a tight lat after just one inning.     

Manager Joe Girardi, via the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand, doesn't sound confident about Pineda making his return on time: 

New York Post reporter Joel Sherman later confirmed the bad news:

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch added specifics:

After missing the last two seasons with various injuries, the 25-year-old had begun to show why the Yanks traded prized prospect Jesus Montero for him a couple of years back. Through 19.2 innings, he had compiled a 1.83 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and owned a sparkling 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

But the pine tar controversy quickly marred that fast start, and now this injury threatens to derail his campaign even further. 

Should Pineda be forced to miss his start against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, David Phelps, who has been used strictly in relief this season, will likely take the bump.

As Girardi noted, via The Record's Jeff Roberts, Phelps' pitch count will be limited: 

Fortunately for the Yankees, who sit atop the AL East, timely hitting and a lights-out bullpen has helped quell the problems of the starting rotation and will likely continue to do so. 

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