New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will begin the season on the disabled list after tests showed inflammation in a shoulder tendon...

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — New York Yankees pitcher 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 the former Mariner helped the Yankees settle their rotation, at least to begin the season. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia, another former Mariner, will begin as New York’s starters.

Pineda experienced soreness in the back of his right shoulder during the Yankees’ 13-9 win over Philadelphia on Friday night. He allowed six runs and seven hits in 2-2/3 innings, and struggled with his fastball velocity again, averaging around 91 mph.

Acquired from Seattle in a winter trade for catcher Jesus Montero, Pineda struck out 18 and walked 10 in 19 spring innings. The All-Star had a 5.58 ERA.

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“We’ll be conservative and make sure when he goes back out, he feels good,” manager Joe Girardi said. “That would be the smart thing to do.”


Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez each had two-run homers, 19-year-old Dante Bichette Jr. connected on the first two pitches he saw this spring and the Yankees beat Houston 11-9 in a game shortened to eight innings by rain in Kissimmee. The Yankees and Astros combined for nine home runs.

Erik Bedard gave up four runs in five innings while preparing to start on opening day for Pittsburgh, and a split squad of Pirates tied Baltimore 6-6 in Bradenton, Fla.

• In Fort Myers, Fla., Justin Morneau continued his surge since moving to designated hitter, going 2 for 4 with a double to help Minnesota rough up Kevin Correia and a Pittsburgh split squad in a 15-3 win.

• In other Minnesota news, the Twins optioned backup C Drew Butera to Class AAA Rochester, ensuring that they will carry two catchers on the roster to start the season.

There had been talk of the Twins carrying three catchers to try reducing the workload on Joe Mauer as he comes back from an injury-plagued season. But Mauer has shown no signs of trouble this spring.

Jeanmar Gomez defeated veteran Kevin Slowey to be the fifth starter in Cleveland’s rotation.

Slowey, who was acquired from Colorado this offseason, was optioned to AAA Columbus.

• Calling it “old news,” former St. Louis manager Tony La Russa acknowledged Friday he has accepted a high-ranking role with the commissioner’s office. He will work in conjunction with baseball’s vice president of on-field operations, Joe Torre.

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