New York Yankees’ injured right-hander Michael Pineda told Dan Martin of the NY Post that he’s planning on “coming back soon.” That’s great news for the Bombers and their thinning pitching staff. Along with Pineda, who suffered an injury on Tuesday during his simulated game that landed him on the disabled list as soon as his suspension end this coming Monday with a shoulder strain, rotation mate Ivan Nova is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Tuesday as well.
In the mean time, lefty Vidal Nuno and righty and fifth starter candidate runner-up David Phelps will assume the two vacant slots in the starting rotation. Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi says he’s offered advice to both men:
Just make up for your day,” Girardi said. “Don’t try to make up for someone else’s day. We’ll get Michael back and things will get little bit more back to normal. The other guys are more than capable.”
Prior to the injury, Pineda made headlines not once, but twice in back-to-back starts after being spotted using pine tar first on his pitching hand in a start against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, and a second time on the right side of his neck against the Sox in his next start at Fenway Park. While most players readily admit that pitchers use the foreign substance, the Red Sox couldn’t allow that egregious of a violation to go without complaint to the umpiring crew. Upon inspection, Pineda was ejected, and former Yankees’ manager Joe Torre handed down his 10-game suspension. Pineda hopes to be ready to pitch shortly after he’s eligible to come off of the disabled list.