New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he expects Michael Pineda to be out longer than originally expected, according to Jorge Castillo.
The right-handed pitcher was originally expected to be out for around three to four weeks with a Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle on his right side.
That injury occurred during a routine simulated game towards the end of April, and Girardi said the 2011 All-Star is still progressing well. He started catching from 60 feet on Saturday, but Girardi said that Pineda's comeback is likely to be longer than one month.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the news means he is unlikely to return until the beginning of June at the earliest.
Castillo, who tweeted the news, said: "Girardi said Pineda started playing catch at 60 ft yesterday. Everything went well, but he basically said Pineda will take longer than 4 wks [sic]."
In four starts, Pineda recorded an impressive 1.83 ERA with 15 strikeouts and three walks in 19 2/3 innings.
His impressive start to the season was marred when he was suspended for 10 games after he was thrown out of a game for having pine tar on his person while on the mound.