Michael Pineda is ready to face live hitters

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Michael Pineda went from being suspended for having pine tar on his neck to going on the disabled list with a teres major muscle strain, but now the Yankees right-hander is ready to take a big step in his recovery.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Pineda will face live hitters Saturday for the first time since the injury, which occurred when he was throwing a bullpen session to maintain arm strength while serving his 10-game suspension.

Pineda’s comeback was going extremely well before the suspension, as he posted a 1.83 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in four starts after missing all of 2012 and all of 2013 with shoulder problems. He hasn’t pitched since April 23, but barring a setback he’s aiming to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation next month.