NGTON, Tex. — It was a dreary day for the Yankees’ pitching rotation Wednesday, as news about Michael Pineda’s season-ending injury was followed by a bad outing from one of the pitchers the Yankees hope can make up for Pineda’s loss.
IIn the afternoon, the Yankees announced that Pineda had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss the season, and the first month of next year. Several hours later, Phil Hughes compounded the problem.
I wanted to try and show the projected impact of losing Pineda, but at this point given the fact that those innings are going to be replaced by some combination of Hughes, Freddy Garcia and Andy Pettitte I don’t think I can do it. I have no idea how to project any of them right now. Hughes and Garcia are worse than replacement level and I’m not sure they’ll be better than that at any point this year. With Pettitte we have the uncertainty of what a year off may have done to him.
If we assume Pineda’s replaced by replacement level innings, the Yankees lose about three wins. Hopefully it’s not worse than that.