MLB notes: Yankees' Pineda out at least three weeks

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda walks off the field after being ejected for using...

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda walks off the field after being ejected for using a foreign substance against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, April 23, 2014. (BOB DeCHIARA/USA Today)

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Right-hander Michael Pineda will miss at least three weeks with a strained muscle.

While serving a 10-game suspension for using pine tar during his April 23 start start, the New York Yankees announced Pineda was taken for an MRI exam that revealed a grade one strain of the teres major muscle, which is located between the lat and shoulder.

The good news is the injury was not to Pineda's shoulder, which sidelined him for two seasons.

For now, right-hander David Phelps will stay in the rotation and Pineda might not be back until late May or early June depending on his readiness for a throwing program.

GARZA LEAVE S WITH CONTUSION

Matt Garza left Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a right thumb contusion.

The Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher suffered the injury while batting.

He is listed as day to day.

Garza allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over three innings against the Cards before leaving the game.

PETER BOURJOS BENCHED

Peter Bourjos started the season as the St. Louis Cardinals’ go-to guy in centre field, but now he’s been benched.

Bourjos, has lost the starting job in favour of Jon Jay, and the Cardinals are now giving recently called-up prospect Randal Grichuk some playing time over Bourjos.

Manager Mike Matheny explained the decision to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

“The assignment for us is to be honest, as open with him as possible. We’ve got to get you going, but we’ve got to get our club going, too,” he said. “If we have an opportunity to bring some player in who can get us a jolt we’re going to make a shot at it.”

Bourjos is batting .160 with a .510 OPS in 20 games this season.

ROBBIE RAY MAKING DEBUT

The Detroit Tigers have called up 22-year-old prospect Robbie Ray, who will soon pitch his MLB debut.

Ray was picked up by the Tigers from the Washington Nationals in the Doug Fister trade this past offseason.

He’ll make his Tigers debut against the Houston Astros next week.

Ray got the call-up after posting a 1.59 ERA in five starts while striking out 21 batters in 28 innings at triple-A Toledo.


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