Michael Pineda has been excellent for the Yankees this season, but he’s currently on pace to shatter his career-high in innings, so Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he’ll get some extra rest before his next start.
Pineda, who allowed two runs over six innings in a win over the Mariners on Monday, won’t start again until June 12 against the Orioles. That will give him 11 days between starts. The Yankees have a pair of off-days next week, so manager Joe Girardi explained that this is the perfect time to give him a break.
“It’s only because of innings,” Girardi said. “This is a guy that has not thrown a lot of innings since 2011. He probably threw [76 1/3] last year; 2011 he threw 171. With these days off, we feel like we can do that without overtaxing the other pitchers.”
Pineda, 26, owns a 3.33 ERA and 76/6 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings this season. He’s just six innings shy of his total from all of last season and has never thrown more than 171 innings in a season before. And that was back in 2011, before his labrum surgery. He’s currently on pace to eclipse 200 innings for the first time in his career, so Girardi hinted they’ll likely give him some more rest around the All-Star break to manage his workload.