Mariners not pushing Pineiro after elbow injury

Updated: August 26, 2004, 1:33 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Joel Pineiro won't pitch again this season for the Seattle Mariners.

A 16-game winner in 2003 who began this year as the team's No. 2 starter behind Freddy Garcia, Pineiro has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 26 because of a strained right elbow.

"My feeling is we won't see him back during the regular season," manager Bob Melvin said. "I don't think there's any reason not to be cautious. For me, there's no reason to rush him back for this season."

Pineiro, 25, was hurt when he threw a pitch during a start July 25 in Seattle against Anaheim. He complained of soreness in the eighth inning and left after throwing 114 pitches.

The Mariners don't feel any pressure to return Pineiro to their rotation since they've long been out of contention in the AL West. They began Tuesday night's game with a 46-77 record and 24½ games out of first place.

Initially, the team feared Pineiro had ligament damage and might need elbow surgery, but two MRIs showed there was none.

Pineiro began light throwing on flat ground in the outfield before Tuesday night's game with Tampa Bay.

The Mariners hope he'll be able to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in October, Melvin said.

In 21 starts this season, Pineiro was 6-11 record with a 4.67 ERA in 140 2-3 innings. Last season, he was 16-11 with a 3.78 ERA in 32 starts and 211 2/3 innings.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press