Yankees' Michael Pineda suffers another setback

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

When it comes to his injured shoulder, Michael Pineda is still playing the waiting game. (USATSI)
When it comes to his injured shoulder, Michael Pineda is still playing the waiting game. (USATSI)

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Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda hasn't pitched since April 23 because of a shoulder strain, and manager Joe Girardi not long ago suggested that Pineda wouldn't see game action until August (source: Wallace Matthews, ESPN New York).

Now it seems that time-table may need adjusting once again. Pineda was scheduled to throw on Saturday, but instead he underwent an MRI on his shoulder. As Chad Jennings tweets, the MRI turned up a "trace" of inflammation, and now Pineda won't throw until next Saturday at the earliest.

In light of Pineda's shoulder history -- recall that he missed the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons after undergoing labrum surgery -- it's fair to wonder whether he's going to pitch again this season.

Speaking of this season, Pineda has pitched to a 1.83 ERA and 5.00 K/BB ratio in four starts. It's anyone's guess as to whether he makes another one any time soon.

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