Michael Pineda really struggled with his command and his body language was off all night and as it turns out he was pitching through a bit of shoulder pain.
After the game where Pineda allowed six runs in 2.2 innings and sat mostly in the 90-92 mph range, he revealed that he was pitching with pain behind his right shoulder, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com.
“Today my arm is a little sore,” Pineda said.
Apparently Pineda felt the pain before the game started and didn’t tell the Yankees until they pulled him from the game. He said that he was trying to throw as hard as possible and was surprised when he was reaching just 91-92 mph, according to Hoch.
The expectation is that the Yankees will send him for an MRI on Saturday. The worst case scenario here is obviously very bad. Pineda told Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News that he hadn’t felt any soreness before tonight.