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Michael Pineda is close to beginning a rehab assignment

May 23, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Here’s a little twist to the news that the Mariners are going to send Jesus Montero back to Triple-A: Michael Pineda, whom the Yankees acquired for Montero only to watch him get hurt, is almost ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

General manager Brian Cashman told Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger that Pineda threw five innings at the Yankees’ extended spring training complex in Florida today and reached 93 miles per hour with his fastball.

Pineda has never pitched for the Yankees, missing all of last season following shoulder surgery, but he’s still just 24 years old and was excellent as a rookie for the Mariners in 2011. All of a sudden declaring a winner in that trade isn’t so simple.

  1. randygnyc - May 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Wow. Pineda’s career beginning just as Montero’s ends with the mariners. Ironic

  2. kjericho43 - May 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Did anyone REALLY think the Mariners made a good trade here? As are most of Jack’s trades, it was dumb one.

  3. tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I like how the tide has turned in prematurely declaring winners of this Montero-Pineda trade.

    Newsflash: It’s still too early to tell. Shit, Pineda hasn’t started in the majors yet for the Yankees. You can’t say “oh the Yankees won this trade” because Pineda’s throwing 95 in bullpen sessions while Montero is back in AAA. Neither one is playing at the ML level right now.

    • protius - May 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      The Yankee’s win this one, because Pineda can walk and chew gum at the same time, and Montero couldn’t catch his ass with both hands in his pants.

      • tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        That’s on the Yankees though, in my opinion. Montero should have been pushed off of the catcher position a lonng time ago. Even when he was first coming up, it was very clear that he’d at best be awkward behind the plate…but as time passed it became clear that the best-case scenario would be a Piazza, a guy who can’t really catch but whose bat allows him to stick there.

        Same shit with Austin Romine, though Romine’s defense behind the plate is still way ahead of Montero’s.

        At the same time, however, blue-chip catchers that can hit are always enticing, and that potential may have been enough merit for Jack Z to trade Pineda away in the first place (although I would argue he was looking for an impact bat above all else).

  4. uyf1950 - May 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    That’s very good news. Lets just hope it continues.

  5. denny65 - May 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Ask any Mariners fan: we’ll take a do-over on this trade any day.

  6. fearthehoody - May 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I cant wait for the day we trade Walker and Houltzen for some future busts!!

    • protius - May 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Can the Mariners use a first baseman? I hear Mark Teixeira will be available mid-June.

  7. deathmonkey41 - May 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I hope this trade works out for NY- the Yanks still deserve from payback for Ken Phelps.

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