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Pineda out another week with back inflammation

06/21/2014 5:55 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Michael Pineda was scheduled to begin playing catch on Saturday.(AP)
A precautionary MRI revealed that New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda's back is still slightly inflamed, and the right-hander will not begin a throwing program as scheduled this weekend.

"He still has a trace of inflammation, so they'll give him one more week off and he'll start throwing next Saturday," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media following Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

Pineda has been on the disabled list since May 6 because of a Grade 1 strain of his Teres major, and he had been scheduled to begin playing catch Saturday as he attempted to work his way back. General manager Brian Cashman told the media Friday that "Michael feels great" and that the Yankees had planned the precautionary MRI "as part of the process" of clearing him for rehab, but the results mean that it will be at least another seven days before that rehab process begins in earnest.

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