The New York Yankees have some solid starting pitchers, but they expect to get one more when Michael Pineda returns from injury. Pineda is expected to return to action in mid-June. Pineda missed all of 2012 with a tear in the anterior labral in his right shoulder.
Yankees beat writer Erik Boland of Newsday tweeted a comment from Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild about Pineda’s initial workouts. Said Boland, “Rothschild said no setbacks as yet for Pineda during half mound sessions.” Pineda could begin throwing full-mound sessions by Spring Training’s opening week. Boland also tweeted to a follower who asked him about Pineda’s potential return, “Yankees hoping for mid to late June.”
Pineda finished fifth in the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year race as he went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA for the Seattle Mariners. He also made his first A.L. All-Star team that year. The Yankees acquired him in an offseason trade before the 2012 season for catching prospect Jesus Montero. When healthy, Pineda can give the Yankees an extra arm on the mound to help rest older veterans such as Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda. Pineda could prove a valuable sixth starter down the stretch.
Baseball Reference, Michael Pineda Player Page, baseball-reference.com.
Erik Boland, Twitter Message, twitter.com, February 7, 2013.
Major League Baseball, Yankees Injury Report, mlb.mlb.com.