By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
Help is on its way for the Yankees rotation, but the return of Michael Pineda will not be on Friday against the Indians as some thought, but instead on August 13th against the Baltimore Orioles. Pineda is set to pitch on Friday however in Triple-A for Scranton, in what will be his final tune up start before rejoining the Yankees.
Friday was supposed to be David Phelps’ spot in the rotation, but with heading to the DL earlier this week, it will be Esmil Rodgers making the start for New York. It will be Rodgers’ first start in the majors since May 21st, and if he struggles, Chase Whitley probably will be the next man called upon in the game.
The big question is, why not Pineda on Friday in pinstripes? He certainly offers a better chance for the Yankees than Rodgers even at an 80 pitch limit, and if he was sharp, could give the Yankees a realistic four to five innings of work. So for Friday it will be Esmil Rodgers facing off against Trevor Bauer, as the Yankees will hope to keep up their momentum from an important series win against the Detroit Tigers.