May 23, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
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.
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