Joel Pineiro set to rejoin Angels after impressive rehab start

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Joel Pineiro has been out since late July with a strained oblique muscle, but took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last night in a rehab start at Single-A and is scheduled to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Rays.
After the five no-hit frames Pineiro ended up allowing two runs in the sixth inning, but he also got 13 of his 18 outs on ground balls or strikeouts. Obviously the Angels aren’t really risking anything by bringing him back whether or not he’s fully ready to return, but it could have a big impact on the Rays’ hopes for the AL East title and homefield advantage.
Pineiro parlayed a career-year under pitching coach Dave Duncan in St. Louis last season into a two-year, $16 million deal with the Angels and went 10-7 with a 4.18 ERA and 83/32 K/BB ratio in 131.1 innings spread over 20 starts before landing on the DL. He’ll make $8 million again in 2011.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.