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Pineiro's Minors start goes well

Pineiro's Minors start goes well

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HOUSTON -- The Joel Pineiro traveling road show was a hit in New Orleans on Tuesday. Its next stop will be in San Francisco, but the question is what will follow that.

Pineiro's first Minor League rehabilitation start was a success. Pitching for Triple-A Memphis against the Mets' New Orleans affiliate, the right-hander allowed two runs on six hits over six innings, striking out five against one walk. Pineiro threw 78 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Three of the six hits against Pineiro, and both runs, came in the first inning. After that, he locked down. Pineiro is making his way back from some discomfort in the area below his right shoulder, a condition he encountered in Spring Training. He pitched in extended Spring Training games in Florida before beginning his rehab and made an appearance in St. Louis to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

Pineiro will next meet up with his teammates over the weekend in San Francisco, where the Cardinals play a four-game series against the Giants. He'll throw a bullpen session on Thursday. His next scheduled start would come Sunday, and though Pineiro wants that game to come for the Cardinals at AT&T Park, the club has not yet committed to Pineiro's return to active duty. It's possible that he will pitch one more rehab game.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak had not heard a scouting report before leaving Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, but the box score was certainly encouraging.

Matthew Leach 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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