Today, it has been reported that New York Yankees starter Micahel Pineda was forced to leave his simulated game today after pitching only one inning, making his return to the team as scheduled questionable.
Michael Pineda came out of a simulated game in Tampa with tight lat. Waiting for MRI. Puts his May 5 return in jeopardy.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) April 29, 2014
Pineda was suspended last week for ten games for having pine tar on his neck during a start against the Boston Red Sox. Pineda’s return would be a welcomed sight to a Yankees rotation that has already lost Ivan Nova for the remainder of the season due to Tommy John surgery.
Pineda has had an injury ravages early career since being acquired by the Yankees in a January 2012 trade for catcher Jesus Montero. Prior to this season Pineda had not pitched in the Major Leagues since the 2011 season in which he was an All-Star with the Seattle Mariners.
If Pineda does miss his next start, it is likely that David Phelps would remain in his rotation spot.
Pineda has pitched to a 1-1 record so far in 2014, posting a 1.83 ERA and a 1.017 WHIP in 19.2 innings so far in his first season with the Yankees; showing signs that he could become te pitcher that the Yankees envisioned they had dealt for in the 2012 off season.