MLB notes: Long layoff for Yanks pitcher Pineda

New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda could be out until the second half of next season. (REUTERS)

New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda could be out until the second half of next season. (REUTERS)

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Promising pitcher Michael Pineda isn't expected back with the New York Yankees until June, more than one year after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

"We have to keep him off our radar for now," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York radio. "We're talking June of next year ... the second half of next year."

Pineda, 23, went 9-10 with a 3.74 earned-run average as a rookie with the Seattle Mariners in 2011.

After being traded to the Yankees, he struggled at spring training this year and then was shut down for the season.

GIAMBI IN RUNNING

First baseman Jason Giambi has been granted a second interview in his quest to become manager of the Colorado Rockies.

Should he get the job, the 41-year-old would retire as a player.

He had an "impressive" interview last Thursday, the Denver Post reported.

Giambi has emerged as a leader with the Rockies since arriving during the 2009 season. Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells is also a candidate for the job as manager.

RANGERS EYE JAYS' DEPTH

The Texas Rangers likely will contact the Toronto Blue Jays about the availability of catchers J.P. Arencibia and Travis d'Arnaud, MLB.com reported Monday.

The Jays claimed Bobby Wilson off waivers Monday from the Los Angeles Angels and have another veteran catcher in Jeff Mathis.

The Rangers are expected to part with catcher Mike Napoli, a pending free agent, while Geovany Soto is eligible for arbitration.

D'Arnaud, 23, hasn't played in the majors but is considered a top prospect.

BRIEFLY

New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia will have his sore left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews. It's thought that the 32-year-old has a bone spur ... The Seattle Mariners hired Dave Hansen as hitting coach on Monday. He replaces Chris Chambliss who was let go after the season. Hansen, 44, previously worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks ... The San Diego Padres are moving in most of the outfield wall at Petco Park by 11 to 12 feet. The changes are being made from right field across to left-centre.


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