Last year, the manager sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s last game at Yankee Stadium to remove Mariano Rivera.
It was an ominous sign when the veteran right-hander went down with an elbow injury requiring season-ending surgery back in late April. The Yankees have endured a brutal season on several fronts since.
Good fortune certainly smiles if the kid works out. If he doesn’t, then the position goes down the tubes. If enough spots follow, then the season goes out the window.
The Yankees have navigated the last few weeks without three starting pitchers. And while their replacements have done an admirable job all things considered, the Bombers desperately need some stability. Michael Pineda could add that.
With the news surrounding starting pitcher CC Sabathia and outfielder Carlos Beltran getting worse seemingly by the day, the Yankees are growing accustomed to disappointment. The latest revelation on reliever Shawn Kelley isn’t good, either.
Thank goodness for Masahiro Tanaka. Without him, who knows where the Yankees would be right now. Where they’ll be in another month is quite a different story.
Right-handed starting pitcher Michael Pineda has a Grade 1 strain of an upper back muscle. He cut short a simulated game in Tampa, Fla., after experiencing tightness in his lat and an MRI revealed the injury.
There’s some bad karma floating around the Yankees’ Michael Pineda right now.
Ivan Nova is no longer an option for the Yankees in 2014.
The latest reports are in on Ivan Nova and they are not good.
Nova will be further examined Monday in New York by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. He had no discomfort in his elbow until his final pitch Saturday when he felt a pop.
Nova left Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay in the fifth inning. An MRI exam after the game revealed the injury.
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova rebounded from a rough outing and the New York Yankees beat Boston 3-2 Sunday night with the aid of another disputed replay ruling that led to the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Delmon Young, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters homered as the Baltimore Orioles teed off for 20 hits, battering the New York Yankees 14-5 Tuesday.
Rookie Yangervis Solarte had three hits and an RBI in his first major league start and Derek Jeter drove in a run to give the New York Yankees their first win this season.