TAMPA — RHP Michael Pineda is going to be out of the Yankees rotation for a lot longer than 10 days.
Pineda, who was nearing the end of a suspension for an April 23 pine tar incident, is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after tests revealed a strain in his pitching shoulder. He'll be shut down for 10 days then reevaluated.
Manager Joe Girardi said Pineda pulled himself from a simulated game Tuesday after feeling "a little stiffness and tightness." An MRI exam revealed a Grade I strain of the Teres Major muscle below the shoulder.
Pineda flew to New York and was examined by team physician Chris Ahmad, who advised the shutdown. RHP David Phelps is likely to replace Pineda in the rotation, Girardi said.
Pineda, 25, who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2011, was off to a good start in his comeback from major shoulder surgery, with a 1.83 ERA in four starts. He had, however, become a focal point in the debate over the use of pine tar in cold, windy weather.
In his start April 10 against Boston, he appeared to use pine tar on his hand. But he was never questioned by the Red Sox or the umpiring crew, and he later said it was dirt.
In his next start against the Red Sox, he was ejected in the second inning when umpires found a smear of pine tar on the right side of his neck.
KERSHAW REHAB: Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw, on the disabled list with a strained upper back, allowed two runs and six hits in five innings during a rehab start with Double-A Chattanooga. The two-time NL Cy Young winner struck out nine in his second minor-league outing.
UNION HIRE: Former RHP Javier Vazquez was hired as international special assistant to players' union head Tony Clark. Vazquez, 37, a native of Puerto Rico, is a former player representative and member of the union's bargaining team.
BREWERS: Former Rays RHP Matt Garza left his start in the fourth inning because of a bruised right thumb and is considered day to day. … SS Jean Segura, who had plastic surgery after teammate Ryan Braun accidentally struck him in the face with a bat Saturday, is expected to return to the starting lineup tonight.
INDIANS: 2B Jason Kipnis suffered a right abdominal strain while swinging the bat Tuesday night but is hoping to avoid a DL stint.
ORIOLES: 1B Chris Davis, who went on the disabled list Sunday, had two platelet-rich injections into his left side in an effort to speed up his return from an oblique injury.
TIGERS: LHP Robbie Ray will make his major-league debut Tuesday against the Astros, replacing injured RHP Anibal Sanchez. Ray, 22, was 3-2 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Toledo.