You Really Can Never Have Too Much Pitching

The word is Michael Pineda was pulled from his start today because of weakness in his shoulder. His next stop is the team doctor to see if they can find something wrong with him. Even if they don’t, you have to assume that this setback means we won’t see him before June 1st and I think that is a wildly optimistic projection.

And a quick glance around the Yankees’ roster shows that their pitching depth has been depleted. Manny Banuelos is on the DL in the minors with a back issue. Dellin Betances seems to be channeling Andrew Brackman and has walked 11 guys in 13 innings while striking out 13. His ERA is an unsightly 10.38. Adam Warren has a 5.17 ERA. Only D.J. Mitchell has pitched well, compiling a 2.12 ERA in 3 starts with 15 K’s in 17 innings.

It’s early and some of these guys will turn things around, but the Yankees’ decision to sign Andy Pettitte is looking like a very smart move.