Pineda to be skipped one turn to save innings
The Yankees will take the opportunity with open dates on their schedule Monday and Thursday of next week to skip Michael Pineda one turn in the rotation. Manager Joe Girardi said before Friday night’s game against the Angels that there is nothing wrong with Pineda physically and that the move was based on avoiding overtaxing the righthander.
“It is just a matter of innings,” Girardi said.
Pineda, who has a 7-2 record with a 3.33 ERA, was the winning pitcher Monday night at Seattle and was originally scheduled to make his next start Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium against the Angels. CC Sabathia will make that start instead on his normal rest. With an off-day Monday, Masahiro Tanaka can start Tuesday night against the Nationals with an extra day’s rest. Pineda’s next start will be pushed back to next Friday night at Baltimore.
Girardi noted that a right shoulder injury last year reduced Pineda’s workload to 76 1/3 innings, that he did not pitch in the major leagues at all in 2013 while recovering from right shoulder surgery and has never pitched more than the 171 innings he logged in his rookie season of 2011 with the Mariners when he made the American League All-Star team. Pineda has thrown 70 1/3 innings this year and is on a pace to pitch in more than 200 innings for the season.
Brian McCann was back in the lineup. The catcher had to come out of Wednesday’s game in Seattle because of a sore right foot. X-rays and an MRI were negative. McCann was fit with orthotics and declared himself ready to go after a round of batting practice.