Joel Pineiro felt some tightness in his shoulder and was shut down from a throwing session on Wednesday. The team has decided to skip his scheduled start on Sunday as well.
Pineiro and the Cardinals are downplaying the issue. Pineiro is saying he just couldn’t quite get warmed up on Wednesday. He’s expected to throw in the bullpen again today, then appear in a game next week.
They may be absolutely right about this situation, maybe he’s rushing things a bit here in Spring Training, but when your shoulder tightens up a week into games, it’s not a good sign. I’m not saying Pineiro is hurt, but keep an eye on that this spring.