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Michael Pineda is ready to face live hitters

May 23, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Michael Pineda went from being suspended for having pine tar on his neck to going on the disabled list with a teres major muscle strain, but now the Yankees right-hander is ready to take a big step in his recovery.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Pineda will face live hitters Saturday for the first time since the injury, which occurred when he was throwing a bullpen session to maintain arm strength while serving his 10-game suspension.

Pineda’s comeback was going extremely well before the suspension, as he posted a 1.83 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in four starts after missing all of 2012 and all of 2013 with shoulder problems. He hasn’t pitched since April 23, but barring a setback he’s aiming to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation next month.

  1. zzalapski - May 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Yeah, I can see how facing dead hitters isn’t that challenging, what with them just being propped up in the batter’s box like that.

    Don’t forget to tip your server, folks.

    • apkyletexas - May 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Do you use more or less pine tar when throwing to dead hitters?

      • dcarroll73 - May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        I think you use less pine tar since they can’t follow a breaking pitch and can’t turn on a fastball (so just enough pine tar to give you the grip to get it over the plate – then you hope that the ump is alive enough to notice the pitch location, not the pine tar.)

  2. proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Live hitters are preferable to the walking dead.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Ruben Amaro Jr and Brian Cashman disagree, apparently.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Yuck!

    • dcarroll73 - May 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      hey, leave the Cashman alone! So far I am plenty happy with the performance of his team.

  3. bmadormo - May 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Don’t give up on this guy – way too young and talented. He can be a game changer

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