Two years removed from the game while working his way back from a serious shoulder injury, Michael Pineda has been named the fifth starter in the Yankees’ rotation, the team announced Tuesday.
Bombers center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent for an MRI Thursday of his cranky right calf, which was negative. “We just wanted to make sure he was OK,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Michael Pineda, who missed the past two seasons after right shoulder surgery, has nine strikeouts in 4 2-3 scoreless innings overall. He’s bidding to become the Yankees’ fifth starter.
Joe Namath was down in Florida on Monday to take in a Yankees spring training game and I think it’s safe to assume that Joe Girardi really enjoyed seeing ‘Broadway Joe’ spending time with his grandchild.
The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, broke his left ankle in the 2012 ALCS, then broke it again last spring during his rehab.
The Yankees are still waiting to see if they made the right decision on a trade they pulled off back in 2011. Needless to say, it’s been that long of a road back from injury for Michael Pineda.
“There’s not one guy that has to carry this team, but absolutely I expect to hit in the middle of the order, hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs,” said the first baseman, who was limited to 15 games last season.
“I think our world has adjusted to that. … Whoever the best players are in that clubhouse, get them in there,” the Yankees manager said Tuesday.
Here’s a rundown of what some of our area sports figures found under the tree this morning; that is, if ole Santa didn’t change his mind.
You may not recognize the new team, but you’ll probably recognize the result: just short of 90 wins, just short of the playoffs, way short of expectations.
“If the numbers are right, he had 240 million reasons why he should go to Seattle,” Cashman said poolside at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday. “If I was him, I would’ve done the same thing.”
The manager of the Yankees is generally used to acquiring great players, not losing them. Joe Girardi sat down to meet the media Tuesday and had the chance to publicly address for the first time the loss of Robinson Cano to Seattle.
While the team may look a whole lot different in 2014, the New York Yankees coaching staff will remain the same.
Girardi said on Thursday that if a decision isn’t made soon, the team will have to make backup third-base plans in case Rodriguez isn’t available.
Check out the managers in this year’s Fall Classic. It shows you that the day-to-day grumbling about managers isn’t that big a deal in the end.