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Pineiro out 6-8 weeks with oblique strain

Pineiro out 6-8 weeks with oblique strain

ANAHEIM -- Joel Pineiro, the Angels' scheduled starter on Wednesday against the Red Sox, was a late scratch after sustaining a left oblique strain while warming up in the bullpen. An MRI taken during the game revealed a strain that is expected to keep Pineiro sidelined for six to eight weeks, the club announced.

Scot Shields, the Majors' premier setup man from '04 through 2008 before knee surgery ended his '09 season, made his first start since 2003 and 15th of his Major League career. He lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on homers by Adrian Beltre and Bill Hall. The Red Sox broke open a tied game on Marco Scutaro's eighth-inning grand slam against Fernando Rodney, the fourth Angels pitcher, making the score 7-3.

Pineiro has been a rock of stability in his first season with the Angels, delivering 131 1/3 innings in 20 starts, going 10-7 with a 4.18 ERA. He had a seven-game win streak snapped in New York in his previous outing seven days ago, yielding six earned runs on 11 hits in six innings.

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Pineiro complained about his lack of command after that game but gave no indication of any physical issues.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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