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Joe Girardi: “Safe to say” Michael Pineda won’t pitch for Yankees before May

Apr 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Michael Pineda begins the season on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis after showing decreased velocity in Yankees camp and today manager Joe Girardi admitted that it’s “safe to say” Pineda won’t be in the majors until at least May.

Freddy Garcia resumes fifth-starter duties with Pineda out of the picture, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Yankees handle their rotation next month.

Assuming that Pineda gets healthy and Andy Pettitte continues to build up arm strength they’ll have seven starters for five spots, although at this point I suppose that’s a “cross that bridge when they get there” problem.

  1. js20011041 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I don’t generally wish any player ill will or injury, but whenever the Yankees experience some level of misforture somebody should cue up Nelson’s “Ha Ha.”

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      You don’t generally wish anyone ill will or injury, only if they are a Yankee. So about that generally…

      • js20011041 - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        That sounds about right. Hence, I used the word “generally” and not “absolutely.” And today’s vocabulary lesson is brought to you by the 3rd grade.

      • js20011041 - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        I also want to clarify. I don’t want Yankees players to get hurt. I was just commenting on the fact that if Montero-Pineda trade happens to be a bomb for New York, well, there are far greater tragedies in the world.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      I’m right there with you, generally (heh) but don’t expect to find much sympathy on this site.

  2. uyf1950 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Better to play it safe then be sorry later. Besides with their current starting rotation and Andy looking more and more like he’ll be ready the end of April or the beginning of May there is no need to push him.

    Phelps who is already going to be in the bullpen as the long relief guy is more then capable of filling in for a start or 2 if need be and that’s not counting either DJ Mitchell or Warren just a phone call away in Triple A.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Nova had a high ERA well in spring training. His position in the rotation could be shaky.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      edit function: delete “well”.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Wasn’t just the bad ERA, he didn’t look good at all. Too many hard hit balls, wasn’t getting them down. Control was there but command definitely wasn’t. Got lucky the NYMedia had a hardon for Pineda though.

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