The suspension that will keep Michael Pineda out for 10 games, creates many issues for the New York Yankees. The immediate problems are how it will effect the rotation. With the Yankee starting pitching in a questionable state with the season ending loss of Ivan Nova and recent sub-par outing by Hiroki Kuroda, the suspension of Michael Pineda couldn't have come at a worse time for the Bombers.
Pineda was suspended for 10 games after he was ejected from last Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Pineda was tossed by home plate umpire Gerry Davis for having pine tar on his neck. Pineda admitted that the brown substance that Davis found on him was in fact, pine tar. On Thursday Major League Baseball suspended the big righty for the infraction.
The Yankees are now faced with the task of keeping Pineda sharp during his layoff. "We're trying to take every precaution to keep him sharp," said Yankee manager Joe Girardi. "He threw a bullpen (Sunday). He'll throw throw Tuesday in a simulated game somewhere. We'll get him to where he sees live hitters somewhere and then he'll be ready to go on Monday, like he's getting an extra day's rest. He'll throw bullpens here again, will probally throw a bullpen Friday or something again for us. We should be able to keep him sharp, I hope."
With the plan that the Yankees have for Pineda, they are hoping that he can remain game ready and be able to return without missing a beat. Although the Yankees do not have a definite date set for Pineda to return, he will be eligible to come back when his suspension ends on May 4th. The target date for Pineda will be on May 5th when the Yankees take on the Los Angeles Angels. Although he may not return on that exact date, Girardi is confident that he will pitch at some point during that series.
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