The Yankees can breathe at least a partial sigh of relief heading into their exhibition game against the Houston Astros as Michael Pineda's MRI revealed "only" shoulder tendonitis. Although no injury to a pitcher's shoulder can be considered good news, the diagnosis was far from the worst case scenario.
Back on the field, Adam Warren gets the start against the Astros in Kissimmee, and with the recent injuries to Pineda and Cesar Cabral, he could be pitching for a chance to make the team. Also of note, Raul Ibanez is back in the outfield, while Eduardo Nunez leads off once again. Despite being hampered by an injury earlier this month, Nunez has quietly had a strong spring with the bat, hitting .382 in over 30 ABs. Meanwhile, since reaching the depths of an 0-27 slide, Ibanez has gone 4-10 with two homeruns.
The Yankees lineup will face 21-year old righty Jordan Lyles, who has struggled with a 6.32 ERA this spring. Most significant for the Astros, however, is who isn't in the lineup. Jed Lowrie, whose career has been dogged by nagging injuries, is out of action with a sprained thumb and may not be ready for the start of the season.
The game is not being broadcast on television, but the Astros' radio feed is available at MLB.com. The lineups follow the jump.
RHP Adam Warren
RHP Jordan Lyles