Michael Pineda showed up at Yankee Stadium for a checkup on his shoulder on Tuesday. He told reporters that he is hopeful to be ready by next Spring Training and that doctors expect that he can begin throwing by mid-September.
“The doctors say everything is great right now, so I’m continuing this plan,” Pineda told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “… Now I’m just starting working on my exercises. I go to physical therapy every day. No throwing right now.”
Pineda’s next stop is in Tampa to continue his rehab. It sounds like he’s being dilligent about his rehab and multiple sources claimed that he looked to be in better shape than in the spring.
It’s hard to get too excited by this considering he is still so far away. Shoulder injuries can be nasty and sometimes lead to various setbacks too. So far, so good though and his shoulder surgery wasn’t as bad as some. I think at this point it is fair to hope for him to come back and contribute next season, but maybe not smart to count on it just yet.