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MLB Roundup: Yanks lose Pineda for season, Crawford to be examined

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The New York Yankees suffered a significant loss Wednesday when the team announced 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior labral in his right shoulder, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Pineda, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners during the offseason in a trade for Jesus Montero, will undergo surgery on May 1, the team said.

Pineda arrived at training camp for the Yankees 20 pounds heavier than last year's playing weight and he had problems with both velocity and control. In his last start of the spring, Pineda was shelled for six runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in an exhibition game with the Phillies on March 30.

He was shelved at the end of training camp and underwent a number of tests before Wednesday's announcement.

Pineda had struggles with his pitching last season, particularly in the second half of the 2011 campaign. He finished 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in what was his rookie major league season. He pitched 171 innings in total, which some believe may have contributed to his velocity issues.

Even so, the Yankees didn't seem overly concerned, making the trade for Pineda, giving up highly-touted hitting prospect Montero.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is heading to see Dr. James Andrews to have the soreness in his left elbow examined, according to an ESPN The Magazine report.

Crawford, last seen not making a catch on the final play of Boston's 2011 season, hasn't played this season. He's out indefinitely and isn't close to returning.

Crawford had offseason wrist surgery. He's taken at-bats but hasn't played the field in extended spring training games. There is no timetable for when he can resume throwing.

He was already coming off a poor first season in Boston, where he batted .255 with 11 homers and 18 stolen bases.

---Former pitcher Jeremy Bonderman had reconstructive elbow surgery Tuesday, and hopes to return to the major leagues in 2013, according to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Bonderman, 29, is 67-77 in eight seasons, with a 4.89 ERA and 929 career strikeouts. He last pitched in the big leagues in 2010, for the Detroit Tigers. In 29 starts that season, he went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA over 171 innings.

---Pitcher Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Baltimore Orioles that alleges that the team placed him on the restricted list and won't let him sign with another team, despite receiving permission to leave the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate.

Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, gave Willis permission to leave the team last week, Willis' agent, Matt Sosnick, told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

Dan Duquette Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, told CBSSports.com on Monday that Willis left Norfolk without the organization's permission. He added that the Orioles would welcome Willis back.

While on the restricted list, Willis can't sign with another club unless Baltimore gets compensation. The 30-year-old is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in parts of nine major league seasons. He signed with Baltimore in late March after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies late in spring training.

---The Kansas City Royals promoted pitcher Tommy Hottovy from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, and optioned pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to Omaha.

Hottovy, 30, is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Storm Chasers. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 10 innings, with five walks and 17 strikeouts.
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