In a perfect world, Michael Pineda never would have been suspended for using pine tar. In a normal world, Pineda would have been back with the Yankees on Monday after none of his starts popped up during his 10 game suspension. But now, Pineda will have to miss more than 10 days with a Grade 1 teres major muscle strain, and he has to admit he’s frustrated and upset with the latest setback.
“When I threw it … it was tight,” Pineda said to the media. “I threw two more pitches. I felt a little tight. I’m coming back soon.”
Joe Girardi was asked about Michael Pineda during his afternoon press conference and he said he got a chance to speak with him about his latest injury.
He’s down,” Girardi said. “He’s frustrated. But the good part of it is, if you’re going to have an injury as a pitcher, a lot of times it’s your elbow or your shoulder. It’s really neither. This will heal and he’ll get back out there.”
Now, all Pineda can do is wait until his 10 shutdown days are up before he can pick up a ball again, but Pineda’s injury along with Ivan Nova‘s Tommy John Surgery are two injuries the Yankees didn’t want to face this early in the season.
— David Phelps will take Michael Pineda’s spot in the rotation for the next month or so and the Yankees took advantage of getting Phelps stretched out. During yesterday’s rain out, Phelps threw 80 pitches in a simulated game indoors, and he’s slated to take the mound on Monday against the Angels in Anaheim.
— Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup after battling a sore hand. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday and had a day-off yesterday.
— Brendan Ryan will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton. He’s around 38-40 at-bats but the Yankees want him to get to 50 before he comes off the disabled list.