Michael Pineda may not be pitching before next June

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Back in May Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda told a radio station that his doctor told him he’d be ready to pitch by spring training 2013.  That seemed kinda silly even back then, as most guys who have surgery to fix a torn labrum take way longer than that to come back, with some taking almost two full years.

Brian Cashman talked about Pineda yesterday and, yes, he agrees that next spring was overly-optimistic. He’s thinking the middle of next season:

“We have to keep him off our radar for now. … We’re talking June of next year … the second half of next year.”

While he may be a useful second half addition, for team-planning purposes the Yankees obviously can’t count on Pineda to be a real contributing part of the rotation before 2014, methinks.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge isn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t opening postseason play until the AL Division Series.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play, manager Aaron Boone said that they would have a conversation “and see what makes the most sense.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing AL batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.