MIAMI -- One day after it was confirmed that Michael Pineda will start the year on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees will take the diagnosis as a positive.
"When you look at the news, when a guy goes in for an MRI, that's probably the best case scenario a guy can have," Girardi said. "No structural damage; you deal with some inflammation, some tendinitis, and we'll get through that. So for that, I'm very happy."
Girardi said that Pineda, 23, is still considered a work in progress and that some time out of the limelight -- where he'd been for most of camp, acquired from the Mariners in a blockbuster January trade -- might actually be a plus.
"I think there's been a lot of focus on him in camp," Girardi said. "There's always somebody who gets that, and it was him this year. Maybe this little couple-of-week break might be really good for him, actually."
Pineda had been in competition for a role in the starting rotation, and Girardi declined to answer when he was asked if Pineda had done enough to lock up a spot before reporting soreness behind his right shoulder on Friday evening.
"There was a lot of concentration on his velocity, which could have led to this," Girardi said. "He was getting people out. [Friday] was really the only rough start that he had had to this point. We really believe he's going to be a staple in this rotation for a long time. We have a little setback here and we have to move forward."