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Report: Michael Pineda likely to return to Yankees rotation next week

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Michael Pineda, who has been out since May with an injured shoulder, will likely return to the New York Yankees rotation on Wednesday in Baltimore, reports the New York Daily News

Pineda will make his second rehab start on Friday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the goal is for him to throw 75 to 80 pitches. The right-hander tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in an Aug. 3 rehab start. 

The 25-year-old was acquired by the Yankees in January 2012 for top prospects Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi. But Pineda did not throw a pitch for New York until 2014 due to sustaining tendinitis and an anterior labral tear in his right shoulder. 

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Pineda made four starts for the Yankees earlier this season, going 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA, before he was suspended 10 games for what appeared to be pine tar on his neck. While serving the suspension, he strained a muscle in his shoulder that has kept him out since

In Pineda's 2011 rookie season, he went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and 173 strikeouts for the Seattle Mariners.

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