Heeeeee’s baaaack! Yankees’ pitcher Michael Pineda is set to return to the starting rotation next week against the Orioles. Pineda’s return is perfect timing as they lost yet another pitcher when the struggling David Phelps went on the 15-day Disabled List with elbow inflammation.
With a current rotation of Hiroki Kuroda, Brandon McCarthy, Chris Capuano, Shane Greene and Esmil Rodgers, Pineda will be a huge addition to the staff that has excelled in recent starts. First, he’ll have to throw one more rehab start on Friday to build up his pitch count and arm strength, and to make sure no more complications will arise with his injured oblique. After a shoulder injury kept him out for all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons Pineda’s return is huge especially because the Yankees are right in the thick of the playoff race.
The last time Yankees fans saw Pineda, he was walking off the mound at Fenway Park with his head hung low after being ejected from the game for using pine tar, which was slathered on his neck. He would later be suspended and hurt himself while throwing a bullpen session. Now that’s he’s back, he’ll be looking to continue his great start in which he put up a 1.83 ERA ,while striking out 15, and walking only 3. The Yankees could definitely use Pineda’s talented arm as they head down the stretch here in 2014.