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Michael Pineda throws first bullpen session since going on disabled list

Apr 16, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger brings word that Michael Pineda threw his first bullpen session today since being placed on the disabled list prior to the season with right shoulder tendinitis.

Pineda threw 26 pitches without incident after which Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman said it was “all good.”

No immediate word on how they’ll proceed, but Cashman previously told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that Pineda could throw in a minor league game as soon as this weekend. Still, he’ll likely require a lengthy rehab assignment and with Andy Pettitte on track to return to the majors next month, the Yankees shouldn’t have a huge sense of urgency to rush him back.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    We don’t need him back until he regains his 97-98mph fastball. Send him to “school”.

    • protius - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      The Yankees (Who’s this “we” that you’re talking about?) don’t need his fat ass back until he’s about 260lbs. again, and is in excellent baseball condition.

      David Phelps has been pitching just fine, and since he bothered to come to camp in shape, and not taking anything for granted, he should get first dibs on any right hand rotation spot that opens up.

      Pineda needs to grow-up some.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Bye bye Hughes and Garcia. It’s been real.

    • pisano - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Amen, to the good bye to Hughes and Garcia, they both are taxing the bullpen. I hope the Yankees are thinking about trading both of them. Phelps has shown he has the stuff to become a real good starter. Hughes has had more than enough time to show the Yankees that he’s not what they thought he was going to be. Hughes will be easy to trade, Garcia on the other hand will most likely be cut, especially with what he’s shown these last two starts.

  3. denny65 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    This is one of the best trades the Mariners have made in recent years. Montero and Noesi are working out just fine, thanks for asking.

    • protius - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      Noesi is working out fine in your dreams Denny.

  4. ssazz - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Pettitte takes Garcia’s spot for sure, and Hughes may just go to the bullpen. His v-lo goes up in short relief stints anyway, he’s done it before, and Soriano will always be suspect. Having Hughes perhaps fill the role they thought Joba might have in the second half (pre-trampoline), beefing up the 7th or 8th (when Robertson isn’t available) options would certainly help their cause.

    Pineda did need to get his s%*t together, get in shape, build up arm strength, address delivery, and all the rest. So I’ll hope given this extra time they’re doing just that with him and he’ll be able to eventually do his thing. He certainly showed in spring that his split is just nasty, as long as he can get back some consistent heat, with the change-up he’s been improving upon, he’ll be fine. It’s good that he’ll spend some time with Pettitte down there too when he’s passing through.

    Ideally, Pettitte slots in behind Kuroda in Hughes #3 spot (unless he starts to turn it around) and Pineda can eventually slot into the #5 spot Garcia is currently in. Garcia goes by-bye, and Hughes goes to bullpen.

    As for Montero and Noesi, if we’re judging things this early? … From the Yankee side of the ledger; they’re getting far more from their DH spot production wise with the veteran Ibanez/Jones platoon than they would’ve to date with Montero. And Phelps, getting a chance with the long reliever spot/emergency start bullpen role Noesi would’ve occupied, looks outstanding thus far on the major league level. So if anything at least the same, if not an improvement there. Noesi had limited potential to start in the long run too, because innings will be an issue with him making that leap this year. We’ve seen one ugly Noesi start, and one quality one. He’s definitely gonna do a good job within his innings limit in that park and out west, but I think Phelps has more upside (or trade) potential for New York, so it’s better getting him these innings now. The question in all of this is, is Michael Pineda contributing meaningfully to 2012 NYY campaign? (as well as the seasons to come, when he hopefully matures as a pitcher and professional athlete) And that remains to be seen. I’m glad Mariner fans love the trade right now, hopefully it turns out to be one of those rare ones where both sides made out well. Pineda making some starts by May or early June would help.

    • protius - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:51 AM

      Well written, non-biased good baseball insight.

      Thank you for sharing.

      • ssazz - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        Hey, well thank you for the props! I don’t post too often, but glad it’s not considered a complete waste of time when I do!

        Reading back just now what I wrote though, made me think even more about Hughes. I know he wants to start and the Yankees want him to as well. He may get it straightened out this year and stay in the rotation. If not, he helps solidify the bullpen. But long term I could see him maybe being better suited to just go to an NL team, start for them and leave the up and down Yankee experience behind him. I could see him being a solid and consistent #3 type on a good NL staff and getting the most out of the remainder of his 20’s and early 30’s. I like him, and I’m not looking to run him out of town, just thinking out loud that if he does lose his rotation spot and they consider a trade, I could see him settling into an NL starter spot and doing well.

      • protius - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        Sazz, you earned the props dude. And I must agree with your Hughes assessment.

        Look what the change of leagues did for Ian Kennedy? Maybe reuniting them on the D-backs would be a good thing all around.

        On a different note: Are you surprised by the start the Bluejays are having? I don’t see them sustaining it, but I didn’t see them starting this way either. It should make things interesting in August and September.

  5. pisano - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    ssazz… again well written, and your post makes a lot of sense. I think the NL would be better for Hughes, there’s something about NY that a lot of guys can’t handle. I look forward to more of your posts, don’t be a stranger.

    • protius - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:26 AM

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  6. freeagentsignee - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Get well Michael!

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