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Pineda to open first season with Yanks on DL

An MRI exam on Yankees offseason acquisition Michael Pineda shows tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, a relief to the team after he felt soreness on Friday.

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An MRI exam on Yankees offseason acquisition Michael Pineda shows tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, a relief to the team after he felt soreness on Friday.

KISSIMMEE — Yankees RHP Michael Pineda will begin the season on the disabled list after tests showed inflammation in a shoulder tendon, but no structural damage.

The injury to Pineda helped the Yankees settle their rotation, at least to begin the season. LHP CC Sabathia and RHPs Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia will begin as New York's starters.

Pineda had treatment, including icing, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa after an MRI exam on Saturday. He said he doesn't know when he'll resume playing catch.

"I'm feeling a little better," Pineda said. "A little sore. I'm a little sad. I'll be okay."

Pineda said the back of his right shoulder felt sore during the Yankees' 13-9 win over the Phillies on Friday night. He allowed six runs and seven hits in 22/3 innings and struggled with his fastball velocity again, averaging around 91 mph.

"I'm pitching this year," Pineda said. "I'm coming back strong."

Manager Joe Girardi said he was "very relieved because the rest of the MRI came out good."

MORE PROGRESS: LHP Andy Pettitte took another step forward in his comeback by throwing in his second simulated game. Pettitte, who ended a one-season retirement by agreeing to a minor-league contract on March 16, threw 25 of 33 pitches for strikes in a game broken into two segments. He struck out five of the nine batters he faced.

Phils: Getting his work

CLEARWATER — RHP Roy Halladay was just glad to make it to the mound at all.

The Phillies ace pitched two innings against the Blue Jays in a rain-shortened final spring start. He allowed two runs and three hits, struck out three and walked none before a 37-minute rain delay interrupted the exhibition game, won 8-5 by Toronto.

Halladay finished his work inside the batting cage and is set to face the Pirates in Pittsburgh on opening day.

"I got to face some hitters which for there a little while we weren't sure if I was going to be in the cage from the get-go; I'll take it," said Halladay, who warmed up before the game with ominous clouds closing in on Clearwater. "If it's every going to rain it might as well be today on a short (start) as opposed to one where you're supposed to throw six or seven innings."

INJURIES: RHP Mike Stutes (shoulder soreness) played catch. He could throw in a minor-league game Tuesday or Wednesday. The team has not ruled him out for opening day. … RHP Jose Contreras "probably" will start the season on the disabled list, GM Ruben Amaro said. Contreras had elbow surgery in September.

Jays: Feeling strong

CLEARWATER — Blue Jays LHP Ricky Romero prepped for his opening day start by retiring all six Phillies batters he faced, striking out two.

"I think that's the best I've felt all spring," Romero said. "I was sharp with all of my pitches. It's where I wanted to finish."

As the Blue Jays prepared to break camp, Romero spoke optimistically about the team's chances this season. Toronto is 23-5 and has a team record for spring victories.

"I've said it all along, I lead by example, I'm not a rah-rah guy; I just come in and do my work," Romero said. "I feel like everyone is a leader in their own way. We're arrogant in a good way and know we can win. I think those are good qualities to have."

BEING CAUTIOUS: RHP Dustin McGowan (right foot plantar fasciitis) will begin the season on the disabled list. "The foot continues to feel better but we want to be sure every symptom is out of there," manager John Farrell said.

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Blue Jays

Where: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Today: vs. Pirates, 1:05, Dunedin

Info: bluejays.com/springtraining; (727) 733-0429

Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Today: at Braves, 1:05, Lake Buena Vista

Info: phillies.com/springtraining; (727) 467-4457

Yankees

Where: Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa

Today: at Marlins, 1:10, Miami

Info: yankees.com/springtraining; (813) 879-2244

Pineda to open first season with Yanks on DL 03/31/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 9:10pm]
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