Girardi On WFAN: No Decision Yet On Who Will Be Long-Term Solution In Rotation

NEW YORK (WFAN)  Michael Pineda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain.

According to baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees’ starting pitcher has a Grade 1 strain and could miss up to a month.

Manager Joe Girardi told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts that CC Sabathia would take Pineda’s turn in the rotation on Thursday night against the Rangers. However, as for who will occupy Pineda’s spot for the duration of his time sidelined, Girardi said no decision has been made.

WFAN host Mike Francesa first reported that Pineda is injured and would not pitch on Thursday.

“I hear Pineda’s hurt,” Francesa told WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts just after 1 p.m. on Thursday. “He’s not pitching tonight, and he might be badly hurt. And I hear (starting pitcher Ivan) Nova’s hurting.”

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Pineda is 9-7 this season with a 3.97 ERA. He’s struck out 117 and walked 15 in 118 innings pitched.

In six starts, Nova is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA.

Girardi told Benigno and Roberts that Nova’s health is not a concern, and he’s scheduled to make his next start.

Just a day ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the pitching market is thin. Both Cole Hamels and David Price have been traded. James Shields and Mike Leake might be potential targets for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.