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Monday, August 11, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Michael Pineda to start Wednesday

By on 8/11/2014 07:00:00 PM

The New York Yankees will soon have some reinforcement on the mound as they will get back one of their four injured Opening Day starters. On Monday, the Yankees announced that they will activate right-hander Michael Pineda in time for Wednesday's game with the first-place Baltimore Orioles, the team the Yankees are chasing in the A.L. East.'s Bryan Hoch reports that the team has decided to activate Pineda rather than have him pitch another Minor League rehab game. With the Yankees six games behind Baltimore and Pineda ready, the time has come for him to help the big club.

Pineda's activation will move Esmil Rogers back to the bullpen, where he has pitched very well since the Yankees claimed him off waivers from Toronto on April 2. Rogers would have started Wednesday. The Yankees have not yet announced a corresponding roster move to make room for Pineda.

Pineda is returning from a strained muscle in his right shoulder. He last pitched for the Yankees on April 23, when he became the subject of controversy as umpires caught him using pine tar on the ball for the second straight time that he faced the Boston Red Sox.

In two Minor League rehab games, Pineda was 0-1 but allowed only one earned run in 7.2 innings for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Rather than stretch out to 90 pitches in the Minors, he could better serve his team at this point in the season by pitching for it directly.

In four April starts, Pineda was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He pitched six innings in each of his first three starts and 1.2 innings before his ejection and 10-game suspension on April 23.

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