PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Michael Pineda will begin the season on the disabled list, but the Yankees may soon have a better idea of how much time the right-hander will miss.
Pineda has not pitched since March 30 due to tendinitis in his right shoulder. He stayed back at the team's facility in Tampa, Fla., while his teammates travelled to Kissimmee to face the Astros, Miami to face the Marlins and Port St. Lucie to face the Mets.
With the Yankees returning to Tampa on Wednesday, manager Joe Girardi will get to see how the 23-year-old is feeling after not throwing for a few days.
"I'm curious to see how he feels," Girardi said. "We're going to talk about a plan to see exactly what we're going to do with the time."
General manager Brian Cashman does not know how much time Pineda will need to miss before he can be back in the big leagues. But Cashman is hopeful that Wednesday's meeting with the young right-hander will allow the organization to plan for Pineda's return.
"Ultimately, first it's get him going again and then we'll place him after that," Cashman said. "But it's not a significant issue, thankfully."
Last season, right-hander Phil Hughes missed nearly three months due to shoulder tendinitis, but Cashman is confident Pineda will not need that much time for his shoulder to recover.
"Everybody is different, but I don't think that at all," Cashman said. "I don't think they're in the same category. There are levels of inflammation and tendinitis, and this is a nice, light, mild one."