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Cashman: Michael Pineda shut down, to miss 3-4 weeks

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Michael Pineda might miss all of May.
Michael Pineda might miss all of May. (USATSI)

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Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been shut down for 10 days and will miss at least three to four weeks by the time he builds his strength back up enough to return, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Tuesday night (David Lennon).

Pineda's injury is a Grade 1 strain to the teres major muscle, which is in the shoulder/lat area but part of neither. The 25-year-old right-hander is serving a 10-game suspension for pitching with pine tar on his neck and felt some stiffness during a side session. An MRI revealed the muscle issue.

There's obviously got to be big concern here for the Yankees. Pineda has a 1.83 ERA with 15 strikeouts and three walks through 19 2/3 innings. The Yankees have already lost Ivan Nova to season-ending surgery and Pineda is coming off two straight lost seasons due to shoulder (labrum) surgery.

With Pineda on the shelf, expect Vidal Nuno and David Phelps to continue in the four and five spots in the Yankees rotation.

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