The New York Yankees can't officially put Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list with the Grade 1 back strain because he's still technically suspended by Major League Baseball for the pine tar incident against the Boston Red Sox last month in Fenway Park.
On Monday, Pineda's suspension is officially over and because he will be out for 3-4 weeks, Pineda will go on the DL and the Yankees will finally be able to add someone to the roster; a roster that only has 24 players on it with Pineda being the 25th one.
One option for the Yankees that could be promoted; more like activated to the big league roster is Brendan Ryan, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a back injury. Ryan has been rehabbing his injury down in Class-A Tampa and was recently moved up to Class-AA Trenton this week and could be ready to rejoin the Yankees on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.
"The Yankees said Thursday Ryan is nearing a return, however. He was assigned to Double-A Trenton and has had about 40 at-bats while rehabbing in Tampa. Girardi has said he wants Ryan to get about 50 ABs before rejoining the big-league club — that's an amount almost equivalent to a full, but rushed, spring training. Unless there's a setback in Ryan's recovery — it's happened before, when Ryan suffered a strained quad that slowed his progress — there's a good chance he rejoins the team when Pineda hits the disabled list, giving the Yankees a full bench and a full roster."