Michael Pineda is heading back to the starting rotation, and the Yankees are wasting no time throwing him right into critical games.
Pineda will make his first start since April 23 against AL East rival Baltimore on Wednesday.
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“We feel he’s ready now,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s nice. This is a guy who threw very well before he went on the DL, and it’d be nice to have him back. I feel good about him taking the mound. We need him to pitch well these last seven weeks or whatever we have left.”
Pineda was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts before hitting the DL with a strained lat muscle. Of course, Pineda originally hurt himself while suspended 10 games for flagrantly using pine tar on his neck during the April 23 start in Boston.
“I know I make a mistake, so I learned from that,” Pineda said Monday. “I said sorry to my team and sorry to everybody, so now everything is in the past. I want to continue my career and I want to help my team right now.”
The Yankees entered Monday six games behind the Orioles for first in the AL East.
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