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Michael Pineda Isn’t Very Close to Pitching for the Yankees

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees warms up prior to the start of the days practice session during the Spring Training workout on February 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michael Pineda started the regular season on the disabled list, and on Saturday, he was shut down after feeling pain and weakness in his shoulder during an extended spring training game. So, yesterday, he underwent an MRI — but the team hasn’t released the results because Pineda’s agent requested a second opinion before the first opinion was even known. (Said Joe Girardi, who said it was "confusing" how Pineda's agent requested a second opinion before getting the first one: "I don't know why agents and players ask for second opinions. It's not something I ever did. Sometimes guys are just more comfortable with other doctors, but that's okay.") None of this necessarily means the results will bring bad news — though the fact that Pineda had to be shut down just fifteen pitches into that extended spring training game is hardly an encouraging sign. The Yankees, by the way, got shut out last night by Texas in a game in which Yu Darvish struck out ten and pitched into the ninth inning. Phil Hughes gets the ball tonight for the Yankees.

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