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:
Michael Pineda threw a 25-pitch bullpen yesterday in Tampa and reported no issues. A mid-August MLB return is the best case scenario.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 12, 2014
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:
Pineda 25 pitches from 60 feet and reported no problems, #Yankees said— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 28, 2014
Updates from Saturday, June 21
Danny Knobler has an update on Pineda's status:
Yet another setback for Michael Pineda. At least another week before he even plays catch.— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnobler) June 21, 2014
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:
Michael Pineda not likely to return until August, Joe Girardi says #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) June 13, 2014
Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger passes along more details:
Joe Girardi ruled out a July return for Michael Pineda and he doesn’t think CC Sabathia will be back before the All-Star break.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) June 13, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 3
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News provides an update on Michael Pineda's injury:
Yankees claimed LHP Wade LeBlanc off waivers from the Angels. RHP Michael Pineda moved to the 60-day disabled list.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 3, 2014
Andrew Marchand of ESPN passes along more details on what the move actually means for Pineda's recovery:
Pineda 60 day move was just done to make room on the roster. His timetable for returning hasn't changed— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) June 3, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 1
Jeff Roberts of The Record provides a synopsis of Michael Pineda discussing his injury status:
Pineda says he felt something in same back muscle after pitching Tues. Says it's not as painful as when he 1st strained it in April #Yankees— Jeff Roberts (@TheJRob) June 1, 2014
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:
Girardi said Pineda probably will be shut down at least 10 days. It's the doctor's call. #Yankees— Jeff Roberts (@TheJRob) June 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 25
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com updated Michael Pineda's rehab as he continues to recover from his lat injury:
Michael Pineda will throw two innings in an extended spring game on Tuesday.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 25, 2014
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):
Mike Pineda is in Tampa. He has thrown a couple of light bullpens and is on conservative schedule to come back in second week of June— David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) May 19, 2014
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):
Pineda threw 28 pitch bullpen session. Felt fine. 2 days off then will throw 30-40 pitch pen. After that will start facing hitters #Yankees— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) May 18, 2014
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:
Girardi said Pineda started playing catch at 60 ft yesterday. Everything went well, but he basically said Pineda will take longer than 4 wks— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) May 11, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 4
MLB Network Radio provided a synopsis of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman discussing Michael Pineda's injury status:
Cashman says Pineda has a Grade 1 Teres Muscle Strain (just above the lat). and that it's not related to the shoulder— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) May 4, 2014
Cashman adds Pineda will be shutdown for 10 days then go on a throwing program. They hope to get him back in June.— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) May 4, 2014
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:
Pineda left a sim game with tightness in his right lat. Start Monday is "probably in jeopardy" according to Girardi.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 29, 2014
New York Post reporter Joel Sherman later confirmed the bad news:
Pineda shut down for 10 days, then has be built back up, #Yankees expect him to miss 3-4 weeks— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) April 30, 2014
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch added specifics:
Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of teres major muscle (back). Will be seen by Dr. Chris Ahmad tomorrow in NYC.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 30, 2014
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:
David Phelps likely would replace Pineda on Monday if necessary. He could throw 70, 75 pitches Girardi says. #Yankees— Jeff Roberts (@TheJRob) April 29, 2014
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.