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MLB Roundup: Yanks' Pineda to miss 3 weeks with muscle strain

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New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will miss at least three weeks with a strained muscle.

Halfway through a 10-game suspension for using pine tar a second time and being even more obvious than the first time on April 10 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees announced that Pineda was taken for an MRI exam which revealed a grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle, which is in between the lat and the shoulder.

If there was a positive development, it was that it was not Pineda's shoulder, which sidelined him for two seasons. The team's previous diagnosis was a sore lat muscle near his ribcage.

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.

---Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, off to a slow start in the rotation, is being moved to the bullpen.

Wednesday was Carrasco's turn to start, but he will be replaced by right-hander Zach McAllister, who will start on three days' rest, manager Terry Francona said Tuesday.

Because of Thursday's off day, the Indians won't need a fifth starter until May 6. Carrasco, though, will stay in the bullpen, and the Indians are expected to call up a starter from Triple-A Columbus, either right-hander Trevor Bauer or right-hander Josh Tomlin, to fill the spot.

Carrasco, who is 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts, expressed disappointment at the move, but Francona said Carrasco needs to just go out and pitch when called upon.

"This isn't a career move," Francona said. "This is just for now, this is what we're doing."

Carrasco's best season came in 2011, when he went 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA in 21 starts. However, Carrasco missed the last two months of 2011 and all of 2012 with an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery.

Since returning from the operation, Carrasco is 1-7 with 6.82 ERA in 19 games (11 starts) going back to 2013.
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