SAN DIEGO -- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is heading to New York for tests after he was forced to exit a start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with stiffness in his surgically repaired pitching shoulder.
Pineda completed just two innings in his start on Friday against Lehigh Valley. The Yankees have been managing Pineda's innings as he returns from right labrum surgery.
"He felt a little stiffness in his shoulder," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "His strength tested out fine after the game, but he is probably going to see our doctors. [That] would be my guess."
Pineda has not pitched for the Yankees since being acquired from the Mariners in a January 2012 trade. He was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 10 Minor League starts this year for Class A Advanced Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"I think with what he's been through, we're making sure that it's nothing, but I can't tell you 100 percent it's not," Girardi said.
Girardi said that even with the innings limitations, there had been a chance that Pineda would pitch at the big league level this year.
"He was built up to ... where if we needed him at any point, we could use him," Girardi said.