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UPDATE: Yankees option Michael Pineda to AAA

Jul 7, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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Michael Pineda has a 2.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 22/10 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings since he was cleared last month to begin a minor league rehab assignment. But the Yankees aren’t enticed yet.

According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, there’s a strong possibility that Pineda will be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre instead of begin activated when his 30-day rehab assignment window officially comes to a close on Monday. That’s mostly because Ivan Nova is doing well as the No. 5 starter, but it is also because the Yankees can secure an extra year of team control on Pineda by optioning him to the minor leagues and keeping him there for at least 20 days.

Pineda, 24, posted a 3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 in 171 innings with the Mariners in 2011. He was traded to New York that offseason along with Jose Campos for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi.

Pineda has not pitched in a game for the Yankees since that deal because he developed shoulder issues during his first spring training with the Yankees and eventual needed a major surgical procedure.

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UPDATE, 4:37 p.m. ET: Pineda has officially been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger. He should be called up at the end of this month.

  1. lessick - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    That seems to scream “union grievance” to me. A healthy Pineda is not a AAA pitcher.

    • dodgers1k88 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      If he has minor league options the Yankees can put him in AAA, AA or any lower level team if they wish.

      • lessick - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        I know they can by rule, but what about his performance suggests it’s warranted.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        How about he’s a starting pitcher than hasn’t thrown more than 80 pitches?

      • lessick - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        If they’re looking to get him more innings beyond the rehab time, fine. That’s a start or two. But if they’re doing it to get another year of control, I think the union would have a case.

  2. ilovekneegrows - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    They won’t leave Pineda in the minors for 20 days if they continue to stay in the playoff hunt; this is the Yankees, not the Rays (or some other team who bases decisions solely on money). Given the injuries to Kuroda and Phelps, Pineda should be up soon. If the rotation gets healthy, they’ll have three weeks to explore a trade to bring back position players.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Phil Hughes anyone?

      • mybrunoblog - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Phil Hughes is gone after this season. Let him leave as a free agent and take those draft picks. He’s a fly ball pitcher in Yankee stadium. It doesn’t work.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        OR… As I suggested, explore a trade to see what Hughes can bring back.

      • jwbiii - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        bruno, You realize that in order to get that draft pick (not picks) the Yankees will have to offer him a 1 year/$13m contract, right?

    • hbk72777 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      No way Cashman gives up a year of control for 3 friggin starts.

      • bigharold - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Bingo, .. what happens on the field and in the clubhouse is baseball and everything else is business.

        There is nothing unethical or grievance worthy here.

  3. xavier46 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    It’s also because he pitched yesterday – why would he be activated Monday? I would hope any GM is smart enough to wait until the day he is able to pitch to activate him. As much as I can’t stand Cashman, I think he has that part down.

  4. randygnyc - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    No way does Cashman bring him in under these circumstances. Yanks aren’t happy with the way Pineda showed up to start his Yankee career. There are some in the organization that feel being out of shape contributed to his injury. That extra year of team control is huge. Now that Nova is throwing well, it’s become a no brainer.

    • jayscarpa - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      They don’t need him yet. Keep him throwing every 5 days.

  5. hittfamily - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    This is stupid on the part of theYankees. Pineda needs to “suffer a setback”, and get his 30 days expanded. If they option him, they can’t call him up for 10 days. If he “suffers a setback”, he has no 10 day waiting period, and if a starter goes down, they have a Pineda to bring up immediately.

  6. thebadguyswon - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Phil Hughes is awful. The Yankees will not offer him the one year deal, so they won’t be getting squat when he leaves for San Diego or some other team with a massive pitcher’s park.

    • cackalackyank - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Of course no matter which team that has a big park and signs him, they better remember @ half his starts will be on the road…in parks that maybe aren’t quite so big.

  7. dsoffer - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    This Phil Hughes argument is ridiculous. Of course the Yankees will offer a one year deal and of course Phil Hughes will decline. Have you all been sleeping during FA period the last few years??? If you are a SP in this league with talent and potential even if you will never reach it, that is good for a multiple year contract near or exceeding 10 million per. If you don’t believe me, look at deals Blanton, Guthrie, Edwin Jackson got. People always overpay for SP and if you don’t think some NL team will look at hughes and decide in a bigger park facing less threatening lineups, he won’t flourish, then you are kidding yourself.

    • straightouttavtown - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Funny how both Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda are now in the minors. Most prospects are overrated and overhyped these days

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