Girardi: August return realistic for righty Pineda

Girardi: August return realistic for righty Pineda

OAKLAND -- Michael Pineda has not resumed throwing and will not rejoin the Yankees' rotation before August, manager Joe Girardi confirmed on Friday.

Pineda was scratched from a June 1 intrasquad outing when he felt soreness behind his right shoulder, and is essentially starting from zero because this is his second setback.

"I would think August is probably realistic," Girardi said. "You've got to build him up. That's the problem."

Pineda sustained the initial setback while throwing a simulated game in Tampa, Fla., in April, attempting to stay sharp while serving a 10-game suspension levied after he was ejected from a game at Fenway Park for having pine tar on his neck.

"It really is [disappointing]. I don't think we're going to have to limit his innings," Girardi said.

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