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Michael Pineda could begin throwing off full mound next week

Feb 7, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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After throwing off a half-mound last week for the first time since shoulder surgery, Michael Pineda is close to taking the next step in his rehab process. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said today that he expects Pineda to progress to his first session off a full mound next week.

“So far, he’s had no setbacks, which is always positive,” he said. “But there’s a long way to go with it, too.”

Pineda is now nine months removed from surgery to repair an anterior labral tear in his right shoulder. The 24-year-old still needs to build his arm strength and will likely require a lengthy minor league rehab assignment, but the Yankees are hopeful that he’ll be ready to pitch in the majors by June or July.

Pineda, who turned 24 last month, had a 3.74 ERA and 173/55 K/BB ratio over 171 innings as a rookie with the Mariners in 2011. The Yankees already project to have CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova in their starting rotation this season, so finding a spot for a healthy Pineda would be a nice problem to have.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    He obviously still has a long way to go. Nevertheless it’s very encouraging news.

  2. speedybeebe - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I completely forgot about this guy. Hopefully he doesn’t turn out to be another Pavano.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      He could never turn out to be another Pavano. The Yankees paid that thief $40MM to sit on his thumbs.

      • cackalackyank - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        So is that how Pavano bruised his buttock…by sitting on his thumbs?

  3. lazlosother - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Good news for NY. He’s only 24, there is plenty of time to develop & contribute. Should Montero start to hit to his potential we could yet have winners all around.

  4. cackalackyank - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Take it slow and easy boys, this is a tough injury to comeback from. In all honesty I would be inclined to push him a bit harder if he was a right hand hitting catcher or OF.

  5. cmehustle - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Only the Yanks could trade for a 98 mph throwing righty, who then immediatley gets injured before throwing one pitch in pinstripes. I understand the trade of Monetero with our other catchers in the minors ready to come up (hopefully) but now one of which is in the PED investigation?? Man I miss the 90s era Yanks.

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