Michael Pineda to get MRI for lat strain

Right-hander ended simulated game after experiencing tightness in the muscle
04/29/2014 4:33 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Michael Pineda is off to a brilliant start to the season, posting a 1.83 ERA over his first four starts.(AP)
Michael Pineda threw a simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday morning, but only threw one inning and aborted the outing of tightness in his right latissimus dorsi muscle.

"He threw the first inning, but he felt a little tightness or stiffness, so he pulled himself," Girardi told the media prior to the Yankees' game with the Mariners Tuesday afternoon.

Pineda will have a precautionary MRI down in Tampa, and the Yankees skipper said that he's not 100 percent certain Pineda will be able to make his start on Monday, the first day he is eligible to return from his 10-game suspension.

"The good thing is that it's not his shoulder, it's down here in his lat," Girardi said. "I would think that his start Monday is probably in jeopardy, but we'll wait for the results. As soon as we have more, we'll give it to you."

Girardi said that if Pineda can't start Monday, then David Phelps, who will take Pineda's turn in the rotation on Wednesday, will remain in the starting rotation to take that turn as well.

The skipper isn't sure, however, if the team could place Pineda on the disabled list while he is in the midst of his 10-game suspension, or if they would have to wait until Monday to be able to do so.

"Obviously that was a thought that came to my mind today, and I don't know what the procedure is there."



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