Spring Training: 3/30/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Phillies:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Justin Maxwell RF
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Michael Pineda

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: GMS Field
T.V: YES Network

Pregame Notes

Nick Swisher played 5 innings today in the minor league complex and felt nothing in his groin. That is good news.

Ivan Nova is slated to pitch on Tuesday…which would line him up for the third spot in the rotation.

— Russell Branyon was released from his minor league contract, but signed a new one with the Yankees.

Have a good game everyone!

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on March 30, 2012, in Game Threads and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Well I’m about as far from an expert on pitching you can find but I’m going to go out on a limb and say with his performance tonight Pineda punched hit ticket. The next train stop Scranton Wilkes Barre.

  2. uyf, I would have to agree with you on this one. Watching the video of Pineda last year today, you can really see a difference in his stuff. Pineda’s fastball was cutting instead of tailing like it was last year, and his velocity was way down. Pineda had bad body language, and I think he was stressed out and feeling pressure for the first time. Pitching for the Yanks is different than pitching for the Mariners. Pineda is also on the Verducci list, he increased his innings by 31 last year, and we know he didn’t pitch well the second half. He looked like a phenom when I saw him pitch last year. I thought he pitched good overall going into tonight , but this was his worst outing. I really don’t like to go by one start, but I would say that he will be sent down.

  3. at least Papelbums line makes me smile.

  4. uyf and Matt, Papelbon wouldn’t have made the Phillies tonight, if you just go by one game.

    • Doug, I think we all would have to admit that Papelbon’s body of work is a little more extensive than Pineda’s.

  5. News just came in about Michael Pineda. Apparently, he had soreness in his right shoulder and just like the A.J Burnett fiasco, didn’t bother to tell anyone about it until after the fact.

    • How much blame should be put on those that wouldn’t shut up about his velocity, or lack thereof? Not for pitching tonight, but trying to throw harder. That couldn’t have helped things.

      I just hope the news that he was feeling that soreness before the game, and was able to go as long as he did without being forced out the of the game, is a good sign.

    • Delia, pitchers pitch with soreness all the time, especially if your trying to make a team.

  6. Well Joe Girardi’s decisions just became a lot easier.

    Pineda has shoulder pain and now Cabral has left elbow pain….both going for MRIs.

  7. Watching Pineda throw tonight, it was obvious there was something bothering him. His stuff had no life, his body language was screaming “get me outta here!”. and he wasn’t getting on top of the ball. This makes me think his shouder hasn’t been right all spring because everyone has been reporting his fastball has been cutting all spring. Like Cone said, he wasgetting around the ball instead of getting on top of it and driving it down.

    Hopefully his injury isn’t serious and he can afford to take as long as he needs to build up strength in the arm and lose some needed weight. Yanks need to be VERY patient – get this kid healthy, in shape and make sure his mechanics are right. Don’t let this linger like they did with Joba. His mechanics were always terrible but they never fixed them.

    • I love all the quotes about Girardi and Cashman being concerned. It’s like “DUH!, they’d be concerned about any injury… no matter how small or large it is”. Especially when it happens to a guy like Pineda.

  8. I can relate to Pineda, I tore my rotar cuff back in the 70s and it ended my career. One day you are throwing gas and the next day you can’t break a pain of glass. The shoulder injuries seem to be much worse than the elbow, most pitchers can come back with Tommy John surgery. I don’t want to jump the gun, but his body language bad, lifting his arms over his head after every fastball, the negative press on his velocity didn’t help, he was trying to overthrow. It’s tough on the young pitchers, they don’t know how to deal with the press like the veterans.

  9. Cone was right on the money last night analyizing Pineda, pitching is unpredictable. One day you have seven starters now six and the rotation usually tends to work itself out. By mid season the Yanks might be looking to bring up Phelps or Warren if Pettite can’t come back. It’s hard to name 15 pitchers that have been good for 5 years in a row in the majors. Pitching is the biggest variable in any major sport.

  10. Pineda has tendonitis, the could work out well for the Yanks, he wasn’t going to be able to pitch the whole season anyway. He was over used last year and it effected his performance similar to Hughes 2 years ago and Nova last year. He is still very young and his innings need to be monitored. I would bring bhim back slow the way the Yanks brought Hughes back last year. The Yanks will probably need Garcia and Pettite to pitch well this year. Nova could be in the same boat as Pineda down the road having over pitched last year. I would hope the Yanks can get the old Pineda I saw in the video by July, and through the end of the year. By that time one of the other pitchers will probably be breaking down. This also gives one of Phelps or Warren a shot at the long spot and with Cabral’s injury it might give Mitchell a shot in the pen behind Wade.

    • “He was overused”? He threw 171 innings last season, 139.1 in 2010, 47 in 2009, and 138.1 in 2008. Seems like his innings boost has been fine, since generally people say a 30-40 inning increase is normal.

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