Mariners right-hander Michael Pineda will have just three more starts this season. The 22-year-old will make just three more starts this season, Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis told KJR 950-AM in Seattle (via Twitter).
Pineda will start Saturday at Oakland, Sept. 10 against the Royals and Sept. 21 at Minnesota.
Pineda was 8-5 with a 2.58 ERA through July 4 and looked to be a shoe-in for the American League Rookie of the Year, but in his last eight starts he's gone 2-6 with a 6.40 ERA. He's now 9-8 with a 3.71 ERA and has thrown 153 innings -- three more starts would put him somewhere around 170 innings -- in 25 starts. Last season, he threw 139 1/3 innings at Double-A and Triple-A, but elbow issues limited him to 47 1/3 innings in 2009.
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