Sunday, June 22, 2014

Inflammation Found in Pineda's Shoulder Will Shut Him Down For a Week

Since going down in April with a shoulder injury, Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda hasn't caught a break.

The 25-year-old right-hander, 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts this season, has already suffered setbacks extending his DL stint to August, something that doesn't seem like it can get any worse.

Apparently it can. 

Yesterday, Pineda was scheduled to play a simple game of catch, before inflammation was found in his shoulder. 

The swelling, ESPN New York's Danny Knobler reports, will require an extra week of rest, essentially adding seven days to however long Pineda will be unavailable.

The Yanks' second best hurler in April hasn't pitched in nearly two months, when pine tar was found on his neck early in a game in Boston.

Prior to that outing, Pineda tossed 6 shutout innings against the Cubs, his third consecutive quality start to begin the year.

Due to his being hurt, David Phelps was promoted to the rotation, where he's actually done pretty well, giving up just 2 earned runs over 13.2 frames in his last two appearances. 

Yes, you could still make the argument that Phelps isn't an upgrade, although the fact that he and the team are at least staying competitive is probably good enough, as Pineda should still be back before contests become too critical. 

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