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Michael Pineda MRI shows grade 1 back strain


Michael Pineda is likely headed to the disabled list.

The New York Yankees have already been without the resurgent starting pitcher while he serves his 10 game suspension for having pine tar on his neck. Now it is all but guaranteed that Pineda will miss more starts on the DL after an MRI of his sore back revealed a grade 1 strain.

Per Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been without their ace Clayton Kershaw for about a month as a concession to the same injury. As it is with baseball players, things tend to move slowly with back and core injuries. Presuming the Yankees place Pineda on the disabled list, it will likely be a slow process to work him back.

Off to a great start before controversy and now injury, Pineda is 2-2 with a miniscule 1.83 ERA through four starts. His fastball velocity, a subject of concern for certain critics entering the season, has been sitting at about 92 MPH (per FanGraphs). It will be interesting to see if that changes at all after Pineda returns and if he will be able to pitch as effectively as he did to start the season.

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