Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda will forgo his final rehab start with triple-a Scranton and return to the pitching mound for New York on Wednesday August 13th to face the Baltimore Orioles. Pineda has spent the last three months of the season recovering from a strained shoulder muscle he suffered during a simulated game at the beginning of May.
The injury came while Pineda was serving his 10-game suspension that he received from Major League Baseball for placing pine tar on the ball he used to pitch against the Boston Red Sox on April 23rd. He has not pitched in a major league game since the incident. In his two rehab starts with triple-a Scranton he allowed just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings. He was scheduled to make a third start for Scranton but was scratched to prepare for his return to the majors.
The return of Michael Pineda brings good news to a Yankees team that is coming off back-to-back losses against the Cleveland Indians and is hoping to recapture the hot streak they opened up the month of August on. It is believed the Yankees decided to have Pineda forgo his final rehab start mostly because of their dire need for solid pitching in their chase of a playoff birth. Without Pineda in their starting rotation, the Yankees have seen their pitching staff slip to seventeenth overall in the MLB. New York currently sits six games behind Baltimore for first place in the american league east with little more than forty games remaining in the regular season. Before his suspension and subsequent injury Pineda was undoubtedly New York's star pitcher, posting a 1.83 ERA through his first four starts of the season. The Yankees obviously hope he can return to that dominant form immediately Wednesday night and help them loosen the Orioles' grip on the american league east crown.