This morning’s MRI revealed tendinitis in Michael Pineda’s sore right shoulder. He’ll open the season on the 15-day disabled list, but given the alternatives, manager Joe Girardi called this “great news.”
“Very relieved,” Girardi said. “Because the rest of the MRI came out good.”
With sore shoulders, the biggest concern centers on labrums and rotator cuffs. Both seem to be fine with Pineda. The plan is for Pineda to rest for a while, thought Girardi wouldn’t put any sort of timetable on his potential return. Girardi said there’s still no clear indication whether Pineda felt this before last night, but it’s “absolutely” a problem that popped up after the trade. This isn’t a lingering issue from last season.
As for a cause, Girardi said it could be anything. Could be a gradual situation that just started to present itself this spring. It might have been caused made worse by Pineda trying to throw hard and slightly altering his mechanics. It could be just normal wear and tear. Although Phil Hughes also had shoulder tendonitis last season, Girardi said he doesn’t consider these injuries one and the same. There’s too much going on in the shoulder to say that two tendonitis problems would be the same.
• There’s no final diagnosis for Cesar Cabral’s elbow injury, but Girardi said it’s “significant” and he’s going to miss more than 15 days. It’s a pretty serious problem that’s being further evalutated. Obviously Tommy John jumps to mind, but the Yankees have given no indiciation one way or the other whether that’s a consideration.
• With Cabral out, it seems very likely that Clay Rapada will make the team. “Very possible,” Girardi said. “He’s definitely going to be considered.”
• With Pineda out, it seems one of D.J. Mitchell, David Phelps or Adam Warren will make the big league roster as a long man. Girardi won’t say that one of those three is definitely in, but he said, “right now I think it’s safe to focus on that.” Girardi didn’t rule out the idea of carrying two of them — and not carrying Rapada — but that scenario seems unlikely.
• Andy Pettitte threw a two-inning simulated game this morning. Girardi said he looked sharp, “especially for 8:40 in the morning.” Girardi seemed less optimistic that Pettitte will actually pitch in a game this spring. He’d have to do it on Wednesday, which would be on short rest, and that seems unlikely.
• Girardi didn’t see Nick Swisher or Dave Robertson to check on them today. He’s assuming Swisher feels good enough to play tomorrow and assuming Robertson will bounce back just fine after two innings yesterday. He’ll hear about it if they’re not ok.
• I don’t have the full list of second-string players this afternoon — no clubhouse access here in Kissimmee — but Dante Bichette Jr. and Mason Williams are here and will play. It will be the first time Girardi has seen Bichette since watching him in high school. Girardi and Bichette’s father are extremely close friends.
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