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Michael Pineda throws six shutout innings in rehab start

Jun 26, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Michael Pineda AP

Nearly two years after the Yankees traded for him Michael Pineda is finally getting close to making his Yankees debut.

Pineda threw six shutout innings at Double-A yesterday in his third minor-league rehab start, striking out four and walking two while allowing two hits. He now has a 1.64 ERA, 11/4 K/BB ratio, and .164 opponents’ batting average in 14.1 rehab innings while coming back from 2012 shoulder surgery.

Pineda threw 78 pitches and several eye-witness accounts had him working in the low-90s with his fastball and topping out in the mid-90s. So not quite the overpowering velocity he had before the injury, but very encouraging progress for the 24-year-old right-hander who thrived as a rookie with the Mariners in 2011.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Very, very encouraging. No need for Pineda to overdue it to soon there is plenty of time to build up his stamina and velocity. He’s still probably at least 3 weeks away from returning at best.

    • gsrider911 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I agree that he seems to be showing all the signs of a complete come-back, and will be inserted right into the rotation once ready. I’ve stashed him in my FBB league with the hope that he’ll return and get some wins and maintain a decent stat line.
      Only comment is that my readings point to 1-2 starts at AAA ball and then a call-up, making his timeline more like 10-14 days not longer. But it’s all guesswork until it actually happens.

      • slartibartfast4242 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        More than likely Yanks will stash him in Scranton for 2/3 weeks (I’m not sure about exact time needed) in order to gain an additional year of team control before he hits free agency.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        slart…, Pineda is scheduled to be eligible to be activated on July 8th. It’s actually a little more then 2 weeks but not 3 weeks. If I check the MLB schedule. Pineda gets activated on July 8th spends the week of the 15th (All Star Week) in the minors and part of the week of July 22nd in the minor the Yankees get and extra year of team control delaying his free agency by a full year and Pineda could be ready to join the big league club for their series against the Rays on July 26 at Yankees Stadium. It’s a win, win.

      • number42is1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Help me understand this… since he has already pitched a full season + in the Majors how can they delay his FA period? I thought that was only for rookies that have not been called up yet?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        It’s the difference between arbitration and FA. By keeping him down an extra few weeks, they push off arbitration for one year, not delay the FA.

  2. neoshweaty - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Very good sign for Pineda. If he ever lives up to the potential we saw in 2011, the yankees are in store for some great seasons ahead. Shoulders can be so tricky though. I hope he stays healthy.

  3. 161andriver - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I would think that his velocity will come up a few more ticks within a month or so as well. The concern I really would have is his lack of a real third pitch with even somewhat diminished velocity.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I trash Cashman endlessly for his bad signings/trades, but this isn’t one of them.

    Jesus Montreo was waay overrated; Cashman totally ripped off the Mariners on this deal.

    If Pinada can return to someone of his old form, this is a major coup for the Yankees.

  5. number42is1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    now… if we only had young hitters….

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      They do, unfortunately they are just a year away. Austin and Sanchez were the knowns, but Murphy has started to turn it on in AAA this year. Hope he keeps it up, but it’s more a 2014 than 2013 thing.

      • number42is1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Yea that is kind of what i meant.. we are an old team right now and if they do something stupid like sign Cano to a 10 yr deal I think i am done with them. The dude is going to be 31 by the end of this season and is already showing that he’s not the guy he was 3 years ago. 6 yrs with a team option should be the max that they offer him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        We’ve had discussions on Cano’s next contract, and i’d rather them go big on money/short on years than vice versa. I’d much rather do something like 6/$180 than 8 or 10 for $200.

  6. insidefastball - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Wonder what impact his return will have on Hughes? He gets hammered roughly every third start and seems better suited for a bullpen role.

    • pisano - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Hopefully if Pineda keeps shinning, the Yankees will find a trade partner for Hughes before the trade deadline, and see if they can’t move Joba also. What a God send that would be to move these two.

  7. 13arod - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    number42is1 the yanks do have good young hitters in the minors in a couple of years they will come up and help the yanks

  8. wineman2u - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Good to hear. If the progress continues, I think Hughes’s days with the Yankees will be coming to an end as the Yankees will likely trade him so they can get something for him since there’s no way they’ll re-sign him in the off season. Hughes’s pitching just isn’t conducive to the new park. He belongs in a bigger yard and will probably thrive in one.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      The Yanks aren’t going to get much for Hughes. The big issue is he’s only got half a year of control left. Even if you find someone that can look past the W/L ERA issues, that GM knows they can wait 4 mo and get him for zero prospects. It’s highly doubtful the Yanks will put a QO on him, although they definitely should.

      • wineman2u - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        I agree they’re not likely to get much in return, but something is better than nothing. It all depends on who’s desperate for an arm down the stretch.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Completely agree. Just often find some fans who in one sentence will bash Hughes for being a shit pitcher, and then the next sentence wonder if they can trade him to the Angels for Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.

  9. 51yanks - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Velocity will only take a pitcher so far with success @ the MLB level.
    It’s the ability and persistence of throwing 1st pitch strikes, painting the corners, varying the repertoire throughout at start against the same hitters that matters more over the long haul of a 162 game season.
    The maturation of Pineda should be of prime concern to the pitching coaches down @ Tampa and throughout his minor league rehab assignments. Hughes has been a disappointment. Nova’s lack of consistency from start to start should open up a slot of Pineda when he is truly ready to join the starting rotation. No one doubts his competitiveness. Was he worth the trade & money spent on acquiring him ? Too soon to tell, but from the indications so far, Yankees fans may get a pleasant surprise after the All Star break when he finally makes the big club.

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