News: Pineda lost to Baltimore in his final start of the season, allowing five runs, six hits, two homers and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Impact: Pineda leads the AL with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings, but his 4.82 ERA is among the league's worst. ''It's mind-boggling,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''It just doesn't make sense. And you look for reasons, and believe me, we'll look, and I'm sure we'll look a long time this winter.'' Pineda went winless in his final 10 starts of the year.
News: Severino will start Saturday against the Orioles, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) shut down, Severino will be afforded one final starting opportunity before the end of the 2016 campaign. Severino was on a 50-pitch limit in his last start Monday but he only threw 34 pitches before being ejected from the game. He figures to be on a limited pitch count again Saturday.
News: Tanaka (forearm) will not start Saturday against the Orioles, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: He seemed intent on starting Saturday even with the Yankees falling out of playoff contention, but the team has decided to shut Tanaka down and look ahead to 2017. Luis Severino will toe the rubber in place of Tanaka, who was previously diagnosed a slight strain in his flexor mass but cleared of any ligament damage.
News: Castro is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles.
Impact: Castro tallied two hits in Thursday's game and is 16-for-45 (.356) in his career against Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo, so it comes as a surprise that he is being held out with Gallardo on the mound for the opponent. Regardless of the reason Castro is being held out, Ronald Torreyes will get the start at second base.
News: Sabathia's final start of 2016 was a dandy, as the veteran limited the Red Sox to a run on four hits while striking out eight over a season-high 7 1/3 innings to lead New York to a 5-1 victory Thursday.
Impact: The 36-year-old produced an impressive 2.37 ERA over his final eight starts and concludes his campaign with a respectable 3.91 mark despite a 9-12 overall record. It's the third consecutive season that Sabathia has failed to reach double-digit wins.