New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has been scratched from his start tonight with forearm tightness, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera:
Source with knowledge of situation says that Michael Pineda will not start tonight because he is suffering from tightness in his forearm— Marly Rivera ~ ESPN (@MarlyRiveraESPN) July 30, 2015
The 26-year-old has a 3.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 118 innings over the course of 19 starts this season, walking just 15 and striking out 117.
However, Pineda has allowed nine runs in 11⅔ innings, a 6.94 ERA, in his last two starts with a pair of walks and six strikeours, struggles that may have been because of an injury.
If the forearm tightness, which can be indicative of a larger injury, even a need for Tommy John surgery, proves to be serious, the Yankees could enter the trade market for a starting pitcher. In fact, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman speculates that New York could look at the Reds' Mike Leake to bolster their rotation:
With yankees pitching ailments, gotta think mike leake is looking good to them now— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2015
Leake is in the final year of his contract in Cincinnati and has a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with the Reds this season, striking out 90 in 136⅔ innings. He would also be no stranger to a hitter's park, having pitched his entire career at Great American Ballpark.
Another pitcher that could interest the Yankees is the Padres' James Shields, who is among the players San Diego is looking to offload at the trade deadline. Shields has a career ERA of 3.78 in 66⅔ innings at the current Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees could also pursue Rangers righty Yovani Gallardo, who, like Leake, is a free agent at the end of the season.