We’ve heard just about everybody’s opinion regarding Michael Pineda‘s injured shoulder, but the one person we haven’t heard from is Pineda himself. On Wednesday he spoke with Sweeny Murty of WFAN and told him that doctors said he would be ready by spring training next year among other things.
“Yeah, the doctor before the surgery, he told me, ‘Hey no worries. You can’t pitch this year, but I promise next year you’ll be ready 100 percent in spring training,’” Pineda told Murti. “That’s what he told me before the surgery.”
Pineda said that he tried to throw hard in his final spring training start when he first felt the pain in his shoulder.
“I think the first time (I felt something was) my last start in spring training,” Pineda said. “I tried to throw hard and I felt pain in my shoulder. I rested for a couple days and then when I started to play catch again I was feeling really good. But when I threw hard again I could feel pain again.”
Pineda also explained that he never felt any pain in his shoulder before that. Not at any point last season or any other spring training start. He said that he wouldn’t have changed anything he did during the offseason if he could do it over again, insisting that he stuck to the same routine he’s always had.
Pineda also had a message for Yankees fans.
“I want to say I’m real sad for the Yankee fans that want to see me,” he said. “But don’t worry, I’m going to stay here. And I’ll come back real strong. I’ll keep working really hard for my rehab and I’ll be the same Michael Pineda from 2011.”
A few interesting things he mentioned. One, it’s good to hear that doctors are optimistic about his return. But the bigger thing that stuck out is that he said he stuck to the same offseason routine he always had. When Brian Cashman said he hadn’t touched a ball all offseason, he didn’t say it with certainty. It might be Pineda just trying to change perception of himself, but he might not have been as lazy as people think.
Overall, Pineda seems optimistic. Hopefully he’s not being overly positive and he’s being realistic. We’ll have to wait and see. It seems unlikely that he’ll be 100 percent by spring training though.