Pineda Pushing For June Major League Return

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Oft-injured Yankees starter Michael Pineda is set to begin his road back to Yankee Stadium. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Pineda is close to embarking on a minor league rehab assignment.

Pineda underwent surgery on a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder last May and recently pitched five innings of extended spring training without any discomfort. He’s now topping out at 93 miles per hour on the radar gun and the Yankees plan to send him on a one month rehab assignment, McCullough reported.

It’s been a mix of bad luck and controversy for the 24-year-old. Pineda was charged with a DUI in August 2012 while rehabbing an injury at the Yankees’ Tampa complex.

If all goes well, Pineda could be back in the Bronx before the All-Star break. He is yet to pitch for the Yankees since being acquired in a deal that sent Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners. Pineda is a career 9-10 starter, logging a lifetime earned run average of 3.74 in his lone 2011 rookie season.

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