Evans Clinchy
Saturday April 7th, 2012

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is unlikely to pitch in the major leagues in April, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Pineda, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff tendinitis, was able to play catch yesterday but is still nowhere near ready for a big-league game. The team plans to leave him behind at its minor league complex in Tampa for the time being.

"I think if he wouldn't have been able to play catch, we wouldn't have been too excited," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "But he was able to play catch, and he felt pretty good."

Girardi added that Pineda will stay with the Yankees during their season-opening series against the Rays. "I think it can help," Girardi said. "I think you can observe what goes on here the next three days to see what it's like to be a Yankee, in a sense. Spring training was obviously different for him than what he was accustomed to, but the season, it even picks up a little bit more."

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