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Michael Pineda goes four-plus innings in first rehab start

Jun 9, 2013, 4:18 PM EST

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It will be at least two more weeks before Michael Pineda finally joins the Yankees’ starting rotation, but the 24-year-old Dominican righty is already showing legitimate signs of readiness.

Pineda allowed just one (unearned) run over 4 2/3 innings on Sunday afternoon in his minor league rehab debut with High-A Tampa. Facing the Tigers’ High-A affiliate in Lakeland, Florida, he yielded only two hits and one walk while tallying four strikeouts.

Pineda was acquired from the Mariners in January 2012 for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, but he suffered a shoulder injury that spring and underwent a major surgical procedure a few weeks later. His full rehab and recovery, assuming he suffers no setbacks, is going to wind up taking close to 14 months.

Pineda posted a cool 3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 across 171 innings with Seattle in 2011.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    So far that trade looks like the ultimate lose-lose proposition. A strong comeback from Pineda would go a long way towards making it a win-lose trade.

    • Tim Richer - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      But Montero could return the majors and have huge success too and make it a win-win. That’s the thing about trades even a year later you still might not know

      • djpostl - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        Exactly. None of the big pieces in this trade (Montero, Pineda or Campos) has hit 25 yet so still time for this thing to turnaround for both teams.

        Pineda and Campos both have great stuff, if either makes it back and stays healthy Yankees can’t complain. Especially since even if Montero was raking they wouldn’t have a spot for him long-term.

        Arod isn’t going anywhere, no matter how much people might hope for it and with 1B locked up by Teix a position change in NY wasn’t going to happen for Jesus.

        As for Montero, I think he will hit. He hit at every level of the minors and was showing some good stuff in a September call-up. Seattle just can’t develop a hitting prospect to save their life AND they seemingly can ruin guys who already knew how to hit (Ackley and Montero).

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Too true, too true, and they’re all still just babies in this deal, Noesi included. It was a really unusual deal, sort of a challenge trade – lots of fun to a fan.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:01 AM

        Montero isn’t good. That has almost no chance of happening

      • Otto S. - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        montero can’t play catcher full time. there isn’t much value for a guy who can only play dh when he hits like an assistant coach

  2. hamispig - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Has Campos’ stock really fallen than far since the trade that he isn’t worth mentioning? I remember some people talking about how he could end up the better of the two pitchers but I haven’t heard anything about him in a while.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      IIRC he hurt his elbow but the Yankees tried to fix it with rest and rehab instead of surgery. That didn’t work, so he wound up losing two years.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        You’re thinking of Banuelos, who is out for the year with TJ surgery. Campos is back pitching this year (he pitched today*) and they are slowing building up his innings. He admitted that last year he had bone chips in his elbow.

        *http://riveraveblues.com/2013/06/thunder-walk-off-with-a-win-on-austins-double-88484/

  3. cackalackyank - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Hope he gets ready soon and stays healthy…the rest of the staff is not going to hold up real well with the lack of run support. The pressure of having to try for a perfect game every time out will get to just about anyone after awhile.

  4. thevauntedchris - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    heard he touched 95 and one scout said he looked like the Pineda he saw in Tacoma a few years back..I like that..Very skeptical with shoulders though

  5. tuucamaron - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    The starting pitching is very important

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    This kid is gonna be lights out, he will be a real prospect, unlike anything the bluejays bring up these days. You know guys like drabeck? yea i think you do

  7. denny65 - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    I’m certain Montero won’t be in a Mariners uniform again, and I doubt seriously he’ll make it with any major league club. You only have to watch the guy play a few games to know he’s simply not an athlete and is not cut out for baseball. How he got as far as he did is nothing short of amazing.

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