Couple of disconcerting injury-related stories coming out right now. Jacoby Ellsbury has apparently been bothered by a sore left hand for the last few days and while tests on it came back negative, it's bad enough that he's not in the lineup tonight.
The bigger and potentially worse news is in regards to Michael Pineda. He reportedly shut himself down after just 1 inning of his simulated start today after feeling tightness in his right lat. He's going for an MRI and according to Joe, his next scheduled start on May 5th is in jeopardy.
More on these stories as it comes out...
** UPDATE 3:55 PM- Joe told reporters that David Phelps would stay in the rotation if Pineda is unable to make his start on Monday. Not a good omen for what could come back on this MRI. **
** UPDATE 10:22 PM- Via Erik Boland, Pineda has been diagnosed with a Grade I strain of his teres major muscle. The team is saying he'll be shut down for 10 days, will be out for 3-4 weeks, and will undergo further evaluation by the team doctor. This doesn't sound good at all. **
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