The fantasy baseball experts at CBSSports.com break down who to start and who to sit for the upcoming week.
Derek Jeter drove in two runs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium, backing a sharp outing from Michael Pineda and helping the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 8-1.
No matter how well Michael Pineda or anyone else in pinstripes pitches, the New York Yankees aren’t going anywhere if they don’t start hitting. Fast.
The Yanks still have hope, and thus they’re rushing a pitcher back from the DL. The Mets, as usual, think about next year with a prize prospect. It’s like night and day.
Prior to getting suspended and subsequently going on the DL, Pineda was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts. He struck out 15 and walked just three in 19 2/3 innings.
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.
Now begins the talk, and it’s all good and it’s all justified. Masahiro Tanaka for All-Star game starter. If he keeps going like this, it’ll soon be Tanaka for Rookie of the Year.
The Yankees have passed the Memorial Day marker in striking distance of the surprising frontrunner, Toronto. And now it’s time to start thinking about the trading deadline.
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.
Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is scheduled to pitch two innings in an extended spring-training game on Tuesday, increasing the possibility he could start a rehab assignment soon.
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.
Infielder Brendan Ryan has been activated from the disabled list by the New York Yankees after being sidelined since spring training with cervical spine nerve injury.
The good news is it is a Grade 1, which means there is no significant disruption of the involved tissue.
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.