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.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.