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Michael Pineda to throw off half-mound on Tuesday

Jan 28, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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Just when Michael Pineda will finally pitch in a regular season game with the Yankees remains uncertain, but he’s ready to take the next step in his rehab from right shoulder surgery.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Erik Boland of New York Newsday that Pineda threw his final flat-ground session today and will throw from a half-mound tomorrow for the first time. He hasn’t had any setbacks since the surgery and the hope is that he’ll be ready to return at some point in June.

Pineda, who turned 24 earlier this month, posted a 3.74 ERA and 173/55 K/BB ratio over 171 innings as a rookie with the Mariners in 2011. The Yankees acquired him along with prospect right-hander Jose Campos last offseason in the deal that sent catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi to Seattle.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Each positive step is good news for both the Yankees and us Yankee fans.

  2. canadabaseball - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I’ve played ball all threw my life and never heard of anyone throwing of a 1/2 mound what the hell dos that look like and how is there any difference between throwing of a normal mound to a half mound

    • dondada10 - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Half-mound is in reference to its height. It’s higher than a flat ground but lower than a mound.

      The higher the mound, the more torque generated by the shoulder.

    • hawkblocked - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      I didnt understand what you were saying but I reread it in a Canadian accent and now it makes perfect sense….

  3. canadabaseball - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I would think no difference for your arm

  4. banksatdixie - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I’ve played at the collegiate level here in America and its a fairly common practice. I’m not sure how they do things in Canada though.

  5. canadabaseball - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Na we throw of a dirt mound covered in

  6. canadabaseball - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    But for real we just go flat to mound no half mound

  7. canadabaseball - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Dirt mound covered in perma frost******

  8. canadabaseball - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Yea just didn’t think arm would be any difference to the arm

  9. romoscollarbone - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    When you wind up and step forward off the mound your arm has to follow the rest of your momentum/gravity. Half mound, half as high, reduced amount of force/torque on the shoulder. A very positive step. Hopefully he can still throw smoke and not lose his career. They had to of twerked his delivery, bc it was very violent before.

    • dondada10 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        wondering if that was borderline NSFW

  10. canadabaseball - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Hey it’s way more easy to understand Canadian then Texan or almost anyone else from the south

  11. xjokerz - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    It’s easier to understand Canadian ? Wtf is Canadian language ? Half of their country speaks French …. What do they teach kids In public school these days good lord

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