Friday, August 8, 2014

Pineda Will "Likely" Start Wednesday in Baltimore

Injured Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda seems to have a return date.

According to Roger Rubin of The New York Daily News, Pineda will "likely" start Wednesday's series finale in Baltimore, in which the Orioles will send their ace, Chris Tillman, to the mound.

Now technically, New York has already decided that Pineda will throw the contest, as recently-acquired reliever Esmil Rogers obviously isn't a long-term solution. 

Still, since the 25-year-old right-hander could suffer a setback this evening we can't call this news an absolute truth yet, even if that is painful to admit.

Pineda, playing in his first full season with the Yanks this year after missing all of 2012 and 2013 with shoulder injuries, went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in April before going down, pretty likable numbers when your rotation's always a mystery.

Granted, in his last outing in Boston he struggled mightily before being ejected, but considering he still threw a pair of 6-frame, one-run ball games prior to that as well as a scoreless eighteen out performance against the Cubs his coming back would definitely be welcome in the Bronx, where the current group of Brandon McCarthy, Shane Greene, Chris Capuano, and Hiroki Kuroda's somehow doing well.

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