It had been a source of speculation since his latest MiL rehab start on Friday, but today the Yankees ended that speculation by announcing that Michael Pineda will be activated from the disabled list to start in Wednesday night’s series finale against the Orioles. Pineda has been rehabbing for the last few weeks and has been on the DL since May 6th. He has not pitched in a Major League game since April 23rd, the night of his now infamous pine tar start.
Pitch count fully stretched or not, Pineda is an obvious upgrade over Esmil Rogers in the rotation. At this point in the season, every game is critical and the Yankees need their best pitchers out there on the mound. If Pineda can be as good as he was in his 4 April starts, he would be a really big help. Just remember, Big Mike. Belt buckle, hat brim, glove. Belt buckle, hat brim, glove. Keep the head and neck area clean.