With two days off next week, the Yankees are skipping Michael Pineda's next start in an attempt to keep his innings down.
"It's only because of innings," manager Joe Girardi said Friday night. "This is a guy that has not thrown a lot of innings since 2011. With these days off, we feel like we can do that without overtaxing the other pitchers."
CC Sabathia will replace Pineda on Sunday against the Angels. Pineda is slated to make his next start Friday in Baltimore.
Pineda, 26, has pitched 70 1/3 innings after throwing 76 1/3 last year. After logging 171 innings as a rookie with Seattle in 2011, he missed the 2012 season and did not pitch in the major leagues in 2013 because of shoulder trouble. So this might not be the last time he's asked to take a seat for his own good.
"Is it possible that we'll have to do it again? Yeah," Girardi said. "You look at the next time we have a big break, we have a big break at the All-Star break and you can manipulate some things there. My hope is we don't have to do it before then. Physically, he feels great."
The Yankees are off Monday and Thursday. Masahiro Tanaka's second start in his return from the disabled list is scheduled for Tuesday night against Washington.
Brian McCann was fitted with new orthotics and returned to the lineup after leaving Wednesday's game with a sore foot. McCann had an MRI on Thursday that came back clean. "I think this will take care of it," he said . . . Carlos Beltran (sore foot) did not start . . . Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) "is obviously getting better," Girardi said, but there is no date for his return . . . Ivan Nova will make a rehab start for Tampa on Monday.