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New York Yankees to Skip Hiroki Kuroda in Starting Rotation; Unsure If for Rest of Injury

August 13th, 2014 at 12:44 AM
By Doug Rush

UPDATE: Wednesday, August 13 at 8:21 a.m. ET

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News is reporting Kuroda is not hurt and is being skipped for rest:

End of Update 

 

Hiroki Kuroda's last start on the mound for the New York Yankees was a dud; struggling to get out of the fifth inning in a 4-1 defeat to the Cleveland Indians.

So as a result of that combined with the rain out in Baltimore on Tuesday night, the team will skip his next turn in the rotation, which likely would have come this weekend down in St. Petersburg when the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays, as per Brendan Kuty of the Newark-Star Ledger.

"The Yankees will skip Hiroki Kuroda's next start. The Yankees haven't said whether Kuroda is hurt or just getting extra rest. The Yankees will start Michael Pineda against the Orioles Wednesday before Thursday's off day. Then Brandon McCarthy will kick off a three-game weekend series against the Rays Friday, followed by Shane Greene Saturday and Chris Capuano Sunday."
 
It was right around this time last year when Kuroda, who was looking like a Cy Young candidate with an ERA in the 2.00 region simply lost his magic touch and winning ways; dropping his final six of 10 decisions and ended the season 11-13.
 
Kuroda at 39 hasn't been awful for the Yankees, as his ERA since July 1 is 3,66, although his record in that time is 3-5 and is 7-8 on the season, so for Joe Girardi to give Kuroda a little extra rest can't hurt him, especially since the team is still fighting for a playoff spot. Although fans have to hope it's simply for just rest purposes and that an injury isn't involved in this.
 
Kuroda is the last of the remaining members of the original starting rotation that hasn't made a trip to the DL in 2014; Michael Pineda will make his long-awaited return from the DL on Wednesday in the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.
 

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