Michael Pineda showed up to camp this year with a little bit less octane in his tank and 20-pounds overweight, according to Brian Cashman. However, it turns out that his offseason plans might have been thrown off by his trade to the Bronx.
A wrinkle in the Michael Pineda Saga: Turns out that Pineda was slated to arrive at M’s camp Jan. 22 to work out early, just as he did before his great rookie year. Then Pineda got traded, and there was a 10-day lag before it became official. Ultimately, Pineda didn’t arrive in Tampa until Feb. 14, still early, but not as planned. Impossible to know if extra 3 weeks of work would have made difference. But Pineda knows this much: “Next year, I’m coming early. I’m doing my plan.”
This is extremely unfortunately, but it does make you feel better and not like he is taking his conditioning for granted. Maybe, as Cashman suggested, he didn’t throw a ball all winter, but those extra three weeks that he would have been in camp way before everyone else, even Derek Jeter, could have made a huge difference. Now it appears he’ll make that up in rehab assignments over the next few weeks before he finally starts his season.