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Michael Pineda shut down after feeling lingering shoulder weakness

Apr 21, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

Michael Pineda AP

Bad news for the Bombers.

Michael Pineda threw as scheduled today in extended spring training, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that he was shut down after feeling lingering weakness in his right shoulder.

The hope was that Pineda would begin an official minor league rehab assignment if things went well today, but any such plans have been put on hold. The 23-year-old right-hander underwent an MRI at the end of March which showed only tendinitis and no structural damage, but he’ll now be sent back to a doctor to see if anything is more seriously wrong.

It’s way too soon to call the Montero-for-Pineda deal a bust for the Yankees — we’ll need years to make a proper judgment on this one — but it’s a good thing they added Andy Pettitte as an insurance policy for their starting rotation. It sure doesn’t sound like Pineda will be a factor anytime soon.

UPDATE: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that Pineda will return to New York on Monday to be examined by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. He’s expected to undergo a dye-contrast MRI to see if they missed anything in the initial exam last month.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Obviously, something is wrong with his arm. He had lost 8 miles p/h on his fastball. Trade is all one sided at this point. We don’t need him now, with pettite coming.

    • js20011041 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      I think it’s a little premature to make that kind of a statement. I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect Pettitte to come in a dominate. Pettitte is 39 years old. In the post steroids era, you can’t expect someone that age to give you great performance. Not to mention the fact that he didn’t pitch at all last year. The Yankees traded for Pineda to be a potential 1 or 2 and Pettitte is at best a toss up at this point.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    If he gets himself healthy the trade will still work out in the Yankees favor. They replaced Montero for about $2 with Jones and Ibanez and will probably get better production. Replacing Pineda with similar production would cost much more.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Warning signs were there before the trade. Teams rarely trade high upside controllable starting pitchers. The Mariners knew that his production had fallen off in the second half of 2011. Furthermore, Pineda was one of the young pitchers singled out by Tom Verducci of SI.com as being at risk for an injury due to a sharp increase in his innings pitched in 2011.

  4. rob0527 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    He might have the same thing that Hughes had last year. He just needs rest and work on arm strength. He pitched to much last year. The experts r right when they point out how you should only go up certain % each year.

  5. denny65 - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    There ya go, the Mariners got at least one positive piece of news today.

  6. Reflex - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Even I figured he’d be fine for one more season, although I expected his results to be poor given his FB tendencies.

  7. ipadcowboy - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    How could the last examination not have been thorough and checked out everything so there would be no doubt whatsoever?

  8. kcredneck - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I just wonder if he was damaged merchandise before trade?

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