(NEW YORK) — After a lengthy absence from the team, starting pitcher Michael Pineda is set to start for the New York Yankees on Wednesday against Baltimore Orioles.
Pineda has been out of action since late April following a suspension as well as shoulder and back issues.
The 25-year-old Pineda has been dominant in his rehab starts, and the team has determined he is ready to rejoin the starting rotation.
The Yankees acquired Pineda in a trade with the Seattle Mariners back in 2012, but due to various injuries, was unable to make his team debut till this season.
Before getting hurt, Pineda was finally showing Yankee fans why he was worth the wait. In four starts, Pineda went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
His return could not have come at a better time for the Bronx Bombers. With injuries to Ivan Nova, C.C. Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and others, the Yankees pitching depth has taken a serious hit this season, yet they are still in the thick of the American League Wild Card race.
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