In an attempt to give Michael Pineda some workload before he comes back from his suspension, the Yankees had him pitch a simulated game. Unfortunately, Pineda only made it through one inning before being pulled with a tight lat. Pineda went in for an MRI but Joe Girardi is concerned Pineda might not be able to make his next start.
“I would think that his start Monday is probably in jeopardy,” Girardi said. “But we’ll wait for the results. He’s having the MRI down in Tampa. He threw the first inning and felt a little stiffness, tightness, and he pulled himself.”
If there is something wrong with Pineda and he might have to go to the disabled list, he would probably have to finish his suspension first. It’s quite unclear how that works, but for now, we just have to keep our fingers crossed that everything with Pineda will be fine.
— Thje Yankees also have another injury to report: this time dealing with Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury has soreness in his left hand and he’s sitting out today. He had an MRI and the results were clean, but this is simply Girardi giving him another day of rest.
“He had a test yesterday,” Girardi said. “The test came back good so I’m giving him today off in the hopes that it’ll clear it up. Obviously we had a test done so there’s no structural damage. It’s just been sore.”
Ellsbury has been battling this hand issue for a few days, but the Yankees are almost positive this isn’t a DL issue.
“He’s been playing through it,” Girardi said. “We sent him to take a test and the test came back good, which is good news.”
— If Michael Pineda cannot make his next start, the Yankees will turn to David Phelps. Phelps is already making the start tomorrow since Pineda is suspended.
— This isn’t MLB news, but the NBA gave Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling a lifetime ban for saying racist comments. So, if this isn’t MLB news, why am I bringing it up? Because Joe Girardi had a few words to say about the issue:
“I think the NBA handled the situation well. I think they did their own investigation and basically made a statement that there is no room for racism. We’re all people. We all need to get along and understand that we’re all different. I applaud the NBA.”