Michael Pineda was expected to return from his 10-game pine tar suspension next Monday and start in the Yankees’ three-game series opener at Angel Stadium. But that definitely won’t happen now.
According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Pineda suffered a teres major muscle strain Tuesday during a simulated game and will remain sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks. It’s a Grade 1 strain — the least severe — but the teres major muscle runs near the shoulder and Pineda did not appear in the majors in 2012 or 2013 because of a major shoulder injury.
In other words, he is not going to be rushed back.
Pineda had registered a 1.83 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio through 19 2/3 innings (four starts) this season for the Yanks. David Phelps will now make that Monday start against the Angels.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.