The New York Yankees had hoped that starting pitcher Michael Pineda would only miss three to four weeks when diagnosed with a Grade 1 back strain in late April. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case as manager Joe Girardi stated he believed Pineda would need more time on the disabled list than originally anticipated.
Girardi said Pineda started playing catch at 60 ft yesterday. Everything went well, but he basically said Pineda will take longer than 4 wks
Four weeks would put Pineda in line for a very late May, possible early June return so it’s looking more likely a mid-June return is when we could see Pineda return to the mound.
David Phelps has filled in for Pineda and will continue to do so moving forward. Thankfully he hasn’t attempted to replicate Pineda’s love of pine tar on his neck.
The Yankees currently sit at 19-16, good for second in the American League East, trailing the division leading Baltimore Orioles by 1.5 games. New York has struggled recently though, going 4-6 in their past ten games.