Yankees Michael Pineda set to throw off half-mound

New York Yankees' Pineda poses during photo day at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

Michael Pineda, recovering from shoulder surgery, is set to take a big step in his rehab today as he will throw off a half-mound, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

Pineda, the 24-year-old righty the Yankees acquired for Jesus Montero a year ago, has been throwing off flat ground since November following arthroscopic surgery from last April. The Yankees don’t expect him back until July at the earliest, but even without any setbacks that seems optimistic.

The Yankees traded for Pineda in Jan. 2012 after he had a rookie season with the Mariners where he had a 3.74 ERA, a 9.1 K/9, a 2.9 BB/9, and a 1.099 WHIP. He then reported to camp with the Yankees over weight and without his 96-97 mph fastball. After about a month in spring training he fought hard to regain that velocity, but ultimately injured his shoulder and cost himself at least a year and a half.

This is good news for Pineda. Really anytime he takes a step forward it’s a big deal. However, the recovery rate for pitchers coming off shoulder surgery is not encouraging. Like I said, the Yankees are hoping he comes back in July, but if he pitches at all in 2013 it would be huge.

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9 Responses to Yankees Michael Pineda set to throw off half-mound

  1. Alex says:

    There is no reason to rush Pineda back by any means. The rotation is set, and actually 6 men deep with Nova/Phelps fighting for the 5 spot. It wouldnt be such a bad thing if Pineda takes all of 2013 to get healthy. I know a lot of people want production now because Montero is playing and it seems like a lopsided trade at this point. But let him contribute in 2014, it will lock up a rotation spot if he is healthy and help with keeping the payroll under 189m.

  2. gcorcoran says:

    How many years of Pineda do we even have left? I thought it was 5 years on the major league team. One year was exhausted in Seattle. I'm pretty sure last year may have counted as well. So is this to say Pineda is now only under our control for 3 years? Yikes

    • He'll be a free agent after the 2016 season. I think he has an option left though so once he's activated, he can be sent down. Perhaps if he returns early he would take enough time off his clock to add another year. In that case he would probably have to pitch again by June and not pitch in the majors at all this year. Both of those scenarios seem unlikely though.

  3. John says:

    His fastball velocity was down in the second half of the one season he had. I think he was damaged goods. I never liked this deal and not only is he damaged goods hes an Idiot who showed up fat, and got a DUI.
    He will never be what they traded for.

    • mscott says:

      Just think of the difference Montero's .685 OPS would have made last year!

      • John says:

        His numbers would be much better in Yankee.stadium than Safeco. NOBODY.wants.to hit there

      • Gonzalo Hiram says:

        In Safeco everybody has bad batting numbers, in Yankee stadium things would be differenet, also it was his first full season, not everybody performs amazing at first time.

  4. Guest says:

    Straighten your cap!

  5. JP15 says:

    I bet this clown never becomes what they think he will. 95-97 may never come back. look at Freddy Garcia. he threw mid 90s til 07. same injury now hes a junkballer. lets hope Pineda is better than that. dont count on it