The Yankees are giving Michael Pineda some extra rest

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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.

Phillies sign Francisco Liriano and Neil Walker to minor league deals

Francisco Liriano
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Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.

Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.

Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.