Sometimes things happen in the middle of a game that make it hard to concentrate on what goes on afterwards. Tonight, that event was learning that Michael Pineda felt soreness in his shoulder and will be going for an MRI tomorrow.
After failing to throw his fastball at the velocity expected of him yet this Spring Training, Pineda was roughed up by the Phillies in 2.2 innings, getting torched for seven hits, six runs, and allowing three walks, while striking out two. His location was consistently off and David Cone mentioned multiple times on the YES broadcast that Pineda's fastball was cutting left to right throughout his outing.
When being interviewed after he was taken out of the game, Pineda mentioned trying to throw harder, but the results didn't show up on the radar gun that clocked him at 94 MPH only once. Pineda also admitted to feeling soreness in his shoulder, prompting some fan panic and a trip to an MRI machine scheduled for tomorrow. We can only hope for the best, but it looks like his chances of starting the season with in New York just got significantly slimmer, which is obviously less important than his overall arm health at this point.
Cory Wade pitched two innings of one-run ball, allowing two singles, but a defensive miscue by Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner let a ball drop between them for a Hunter Pence double. The final two Phillies runs were given up by Ryan Pope in the 9th inning after allowing consecutive doubles to Hector Luna and Laynce Nix.
In the hunt for a second LOOGY, Clay Rapada and Cesar Cabral continued their successful Spring Trainings without giving up a run, but word came toward the end of the game that Cabral felt something in his left elbow and would also be sent for an MRI. The path to making the Yankees just got a little easier for Rapada.
For the offense, there were plenty of hits to go around for nearly everyone. After being down 6-1 early on, the bats came alive and got to the Phillies' pitchers, especially Jonathan Papelbon, in a big way. Russell Martin had a great night, getting on base four times and gunning down two would-be base stealers from behind the plate. Curtis Granderson hit his second home run of the Spring with a two-run shot off of old friend Papelbon, and DeWayne Wise contributed two home runs of his own, driving in three runs in the game. The only regular to not record a hit was Alex Rodriguez, but he managed to drive in the run that tied the game at six runs a piece.
Others reaching base multiple times were Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, Derek Jeter, Chris Dickerson, and Doug Bernier. The Yankees also ran wild on the Phillies' batteries throughout the night, with six stolen bases from Maxwell, Jeter, Gardner, Dickerson, and Eduardo Nunez.
Tomorrow, Adam Warren gets the start for the Yankees as they take on the Astros in Kissimmee. I have a sneaky suspicion that that will end up being a footnote to the other news we'll all be awaiting as the day goes on, though.