On the night of Robinson Cano's return to the Bronx, the skies are dark and dim while the rain have come down over the recent hours, setting the right scene from news coming out of the Yankees' clubhouse.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that right-hander Michael Pineda left a simulated game in Tamp in just the 1st inning this morning with some tightness in his lat muscle. Pineda was sent for an MRI, and his Monday start against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim is in "jeopardy," according to Girardi.
If Pineda isn't healthy enough to start on Monday, David Phelps, who gets the ball tomorrow night for the Bombers, would take over in the rotation until he returns. Pineda is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts this season, so it would be great if he could get back quickly without missing any time.
In other news, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was originally listed as the Yankees' starting center fielder tonight, but is out of the lineup tonight with a sore left hand, according to Girardi. Tests came back clean, showing no structural damage, and the Yanks are hoping that Ellsbury will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Until he comes back, Brett Gardner will take over the role as the team's leadoff hitter and center field. Ellsbury is hitting .312 with eight stolen bases this season.
It should be noted, though, that Ellsbury reportedly broke a small bone in his left hand during Game 6 of the World Series last October, so it's not a total surprise that there is some soreness is that had any lingering effect.