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Yankees pregame: “He’s down. He’s frustrated.”

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 01, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter, Michael PinedaFirst the suspension, now the injury.

Michael Pineda strained that upper back muscle — it looked like it was near the right shoulder from where he was pointing this afternoon — and he did it throwing a pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.

“When I threw it … it was tight,” Pineda said in his first comments since the injury. “I threw two more pitches. I felt a little tight.”

He also said: “I’m coming back soon.”

But he has been shut down for 10 days. Joe Girardi said three or four weeks was a fair estimate of when he should be back pitching for the Yankees. The manager has spoken to Pineda.

“He’s down,” Girardi said. “He’s frustrated. But the good part of it is, if you’re going to have an injury as a pitcher, a lot of times it’s your elbow or your shoulder. It’s really neither. This will heal and he’ll get back out there.”

But between the 10-game suspension for pine tar use and the injury, it lessens concern over Pineda’s innings limit for the season.

“It’s not the way we wanted to do it, but it’s another way you can look at it,” Girardi said.

David Phelps will take Pineda’s place in the rotation. Phelps said he was frustrated that last night’s rainout KO’d his scheduled start and caused him to get skipped. He likes being a starter. The Yankees tried to stretch him out Wednesday, having him throw a simulated game inside of about 80 pitches.

“I think he did a pretty good job as a starter when he’s filled in,” Girardi said. “That’s what I expect him to do, do a good job.”

Two-fifths of the rotation is injured, with Pineda and Ivan Nova, who made an appearance in the clubhouse before the game in the wake of Tuesday’s Tommy John surgery.

In light of those injuries, Girardi said about the starters: “We need everyone to carry their own weight. That’s the big thing.”

Jacoby Ellsbury sat out Tuesday night’s series opener with a sore left hand, then got a day off thanks to the rain. Now he’s back in the lineup for this series finale against the Mariners.

“It was a little swollen,” Ellsbury said. “I iced it up. I was ready to go the day before. … I’m not really concerned about it.”

Robinson Cano is batting .387 in his current eight-game hitting streak. He went 1 for 5 with an RBI in Tuesday night’s boo-fest.

“It’s kind of strange to see him come up in a different uniform,” Girardi said. “It’s probably going to be that way for a little bit of time. Usually the only time I would see him coming toward me is when he was scoring a run, coming around third base. But to see him walk from the on-deck circle on the other side was really strange.

“I have a lot of respect for what Robbie’s done in this game. We know he’s a very dangerous hitter. So we need to make our pitches on him or he’s going to hurt us.”

Photo by The Associated Press.

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34 Responses to “Yankees pregame: “He’s down. He’s frustrated.””

  1. SweetSpot May 1st, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t think we give Chad enough kudos for his outstanding grasp of baseball realities. Kudos.

    “I can’t imagine they’re considering a rotation move at this point. They’ve just now found a way to get some consistent production out of him. No way I would mess with that right now.”
    – Chad Jennings on Betances

    “For everyone involved — for Girardi getting to know him and Betances trying to stay consistent — I think moving him along slowly is the only way to go. He’s really starting to figure it out and become the high-impact pitcher they imagined years ago. Can’t risk giving him too much too early and having him crack or having Girardi lose faith.”
    – Chad Jennings on Betances

  2. BIG AL May 1st, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Mike -

    Hanging in there, doing what I can, when I can.

  3. mick May 1st, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Well if he came back as a starter, it would take a while.
    He is behind Warren and Kelley as the 7th or EIG for now.
    Long and middle relief is the only way to go for now unless there is an injury.
    What other choice is there?

  4. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Same here Al.

    ;)

  5. Giuseppe Franco May 1st, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    BIG AL May 1st, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I’m only interested in Yankees wins. :)

    —-

    You and me both.

    I don’t get upset with anything the Red Sox do because I never pay any attention to them.

    Also never been much of a scoreboard watcher until after the Trade Deadline.

  6. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    The “Teres major” is the same muscle Kershaw injured.

  7. GregD May 1st, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Also never been much of a scoreboard watcher until after the Trade Deadline.

    ——————-
    I don’t look at the scoreboard until September

  8. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Ready for Hiroki to get himself back on track tonight.

    ;)

  9. DONNYBROOK May 1st, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    The R/Sox are a mess, and they know it. Their constant whining every game makes that point obvious. The General Alarm has been sounded.

  10. Hankflorida May 1st, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Baseball has changed a great deal as during the 1950′s, Betances like Don Larsen would be on the firing line as a starter once Nova and Pineda took a hit. The Yankees always had the finess pitchers, and when they saw someone who could bring it, they did not waste time in holding his feet to the fire. If Kuroda can’t bring some of his last year’s magic back, the Yanks will be have four pitchers using the Al Leiter play book to survive, and the bullpen will suffer the consequences. I like having Thorton, Betances, Warren, Kelley and Robertson like we had Stanton, Nelson, Mendoza, Rivera and Wettland end the game after six, but we need the arms to hold the fort till our cavalry gets there. Okay, this isn’t the Alamo and time is still on our side, so let see what Nuno and Phelps can do!

  11. ac1 May 1st, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Pedroia sounds like a little b–ch about the call that went against him earlier.
    Doesn’t know what inconclusive means?
    Looked like he missed the plate when he slid.
    Even nesn couldn’t tell so get over it.

  12. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Hank-

    We will.

    Pineda will be back but we will need a Nova replacement.

  13. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Catch you all later.

  14. Doreen May 1st, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    The Red Sox are not used to calls going against them….

  15. chicken_stanley May 1st, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    good evening all.

    Just went back and scanned today’s chat. Even though I seldom get to participate, it’s pretty cool thing for Chad to do. Also I noticed the normal Ted comment to Chad… maybe I’m juvenile, but it cracks me up!

  16. Shame Spencer May 1st, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Chicago has some weird 11pm curfew. It’s a city issue…I only know this for the reasons I know most things: the Backstreet Boys. They had a show cut short in the middle of their set because they were over curfew. They just shut down the electricity on all their equipment lol.

  17. Shame Spencer May 1st, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Good posts from Chip and GF regarding the farm. I’ve remained underwhelmed by the lack of turn over in that department…it’s also why I thought the question about Cash’s next contract from Chad’s chat was interesting. Depending on the team performance that could become a regular talking point on the blog and in the media.

  18. Giuseppe Franco May 1st, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Shame Spencer May 1st, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Good posts from Chip and GF regarding the farm. I’ve remained underwhelmed by the lack of turn over in that department…it’s also why I thought the question about Cash’s next contract from Chad’s chat was interesting. Depending on the team performance that could become a regular talking point on the blog and in the media.

    —–

    I’ve been saying for the last year or so that I think this is Cashman’s last contract as GM whether he leaves on his own, gets ‘promoted’, or outright canned.

    I’ll ripoff Jack Nicholson’s line but this front office needs an enema.

  19. BoJo May 1st, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    How did the interview go Chicken? Did you take my advice and barf on the desk….or was he expecting that?

  20. chicken_stanley May 1st, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Bojo – he came in wearing hip waders so I think he was ready for anything :)

    Wasn’t really an interview… It was an executive VP trying explain to me how corporate staff is getting cut and he strongly suggests that I take a certain job in which I would have to relocate… I’m fighting it but I’m not sure how it will shake out.

    Anyway, even though I didn’t get to follow your plan, thanks for the advice… the fifth of grey goose was fantastic :)

  21. BoJo May 1st, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    When they start cutting corporate staff, it may be time to start talking to headhunters. If the industry itself is downsizing, you may even want to think outside to other industries. (I’ve seen this a lot from the management consulting side.)

  22. yankeefeminista May 1st, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Chicken, does your boss know that you are a free-range chicken and you’ve got to have the freedom to move around? :roll:

  23. BoJo May 1st, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Shame Spencer May 1st, 2014 at 6:02 pm
    Chicago has some weird 11pm curfew. It’s a city issue…I only know this for the reasons I know most things: the Backstreet Boys. They had a show cut short in the middle of their set because they were over curfew. They just shut down the electricity on all their equipment lol.
    ===
    Sort of like a mercy killing, right?

  24. chicken_stanley May 1st, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    The industry itself nor the company as a whole isn’t downsizing… there’s a new sheriff in town and he has his own ideas how the business should be run… short sighted IMO. Not a done deal… I have a bit of time to see how things go.

  25. chicken_stanley May 1st, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    YF – LOL. I think I made that abundantly clear today but I’m thinking he was NOT impressed :D

    Good to see you

  26. chicken_stanley May 1st, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Btw YF, since the game was called yesterday, I decided to watch Charleston so I could get a look at Judge… Bottom of the 1st, Judge comes to bat, watches one pitch, the heavens open, and the game was called…not a good day to be a Yankee fan :)

  27. chicken_stanley May 1st, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hey Shame – I’m breaking the rules!!! :)

  28. yankeefeminista May 1st, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Chicken, stick to your guns; Just tell him you won’t chicken out! ;)

    Just announced Robi here, mixed reaction ; now Yanks being introduced

  29. yankeefeminista May 1st, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hoping to see more sliders from Kuroda tonight, weather’s perfect for baseball!

  30. UnKnown May 1st, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    With the O’s winning today and a possibility to win again tonight, I would suggest the Yankees winning a game they should no doubt be the victors in.

    Probably a good idea.

  31. yankeefeminista May 1st, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Chicken , lol; tonight will be better.

  32. BoJo May 1st, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Pregame:
    Suszyn: The temperature tonight is 70 degrees. Boy, it feels great to say something is 70…
    John: Then you should feel great telling people what your IQ is Suszyn…

  33. michaellord6 May 1st, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    And my good vibes are gone…

  34. michaellord6 May 1st, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Cano standing next to Brian Roberts really says it all.

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