Saturday, April 5, 2014
Game 5 lineups: Pineda's turn
By Wallace Matthews
TORONTO -- Michael Pineda has not thrown to major league hitters in a real game since Sept. 21, 2011, so it would only be natural, Joe Girardi says, for the 25-year-old right-hander to be "a little anxious" before heading out to face the Toronto Blue Jays today (1:07 p.m., YES Network).
But it certainly didn't appear that way this morning as Pineda sat quietly at his locker, ear buds in, oblivious to the swirl of activity in the Yankees' clubhouse as it was announced that Mark Teixeira's hamstring strain would land him on the disabled list for at least 15 days. Pineda will pitch with a backup first baseman, a rookie third baseman, a rookie second baseman and a 40-year-old shortstop behind him, and with new closer David Robertson unavailable due to having worked the previous two games (Shawn Kelley will serve as the closer today).
Still, he appeared calm this morning and sounded excited yesterday as he faced his first start in 31 months, and after having an exceptional spring -- 2-1, 1.20 ERA, 16 Ks and just 1 walk in 15 IP -- why shouldn't he be?