According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Michael Pineda got an MRI on his back and it showed inflammation in the same spot where the injury occurred. He will be shut down for a week before trying again to come back. According to Hoch, Joe Girardi still believes that Pineda can come back this year.
What does it all mean?
Well, it means the rotation the Yankees have right now, is what you’re going to see for a while, unless some other move is made to add a starter to this team. Could Adam Warren be stretched out when Shawn Kelley returns? Maybe, though Warren, Kelly, Dellin Betances and David Robertson would make a fearsome foursome out of the bullpen. The Yankees have yo-yo’d people before between the bullpen and the rotation in-season before (Joba Chamberlain) and it didn’t exactly work out so well.
It also proves even more that the Jesus Montero-Pineda deal may go down as one of the worst trades for both sides in history. Pineda and Jose Campos are hurt. Hector Noesi is with the White Sox and Montero is languishing in AAA after being real overweight in spring training.
The Yankees may just have to steer the course until they can get some of their injured players, including Pineda back, though today wasn’t a good injury day.