Michael Pineda was slated to return to the Yankees by sometime next week. Unfortunately, with Pineda’s latest setback, he’ll be shut down for another ten days before he can pick up a baseball. So what exactly happened leading up to the setback?
“I feel great last week,” Pineda said. “Especially Monday. I feel 100 percent Monday. I’m pitching two innings on Tuesday, perfect, everything is good. After the game, later in the night, I felt something. Next day, off. The second day I started to play catch and felt something. It’s not that bad. … It’ll be OK. I feel ready Monday and Tuesday, 100 percent, 100 percent, and I’m pitching. Everything is coming good. My velocity is there; everything is there.”
It seems Michael Pineda’s injury hasn’t healed and it also seemed the Yankees were downplaying the injury before. Joe Girardi says the Yankees are going to be cautious with Pineda, but it could be longer than the ten days before Pineda’s allowed to play catch again.
“That’s a doctor’s call,” Girardi said. “I think the last time we shut him down 10 days before he picked up a baseball, and I’m sure it will be 10 days here, maybe a little more depending on what they feel. It’s a doctor’s call. It’s not what we want. It’s very similar to what he had about six weeks ago. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll try to get him going again.”
— So, does anyone remember Francisco Cervelli? He was the backup catcher before he got hurt? Well, he’s doing some running right now and is making progress. He’s not allowed to come off the DL until later this month, but Girardi says he has plans for Cervelli to be on the Major League roster when he returns. Of course, it’s going to be difficult considering John Ryan Murphy has played extremely well, and there could be a slight possibility Cervelli could be trade bait. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out but for now, it seems the catching position could be rather crowded once Cervelli comes into the fold.
— The Yankees were supposed to have the day off tomorrow, but now that isn’t the case since they have to make up the Mariners game from April. David Phelps is going to have his work cut out for him: he’s facing Felix Hernandez who once again is having a great year. That kind of makes today’s game against the Twins a must win, considering Hernandez will be tough to beat.
— A little tidbit on David Robertson: He’s 12-for-13 in save opportunities so far this season and over his last nine appearances (9.1 innings), 23 of his 28 outs have been recorded via the strikeout. Robertson has been very good as the Yankees closer, and it’s not much a surprise about his strikeouts because he is a strikeout pitcher. Robertson is on pace of having another All-Star season, and he could earn his way onto the All-Star team if he continues to dazzle hitters with his highly effective curveball.