New York Yankees: Michael Pineda Likely Done Until All-Star Break

April 22, 2012 – 7:53 pm by Ryan Phillips

The New York Yankees made an aggressive move this summer by acquiring right-hander Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners in a four-player deal. The team was expecting the young pitcher to be a key piece of its rotation in 2012 and for the future.

But the 23-year-old fire-baller was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the end of spring training, with tendinitis in his right shoulder. He has yet to pitch this season, and on Monday Pineda tossed a 26-pitch bullpen session. That was the first time he had thrown since being placed on the DL, and it didn’t go well.

The Yankees had to shut down their prized youngster because of discomfort in his shoulder. On Saturday it became clear that this setback will have long-term consequences, and things would likely have to go perfectly for Pineda to make it back before the All-Star break.

In the interim the Yankees plan to stick with Freddy Garcia in the rotation until Andy Pettitte is ready to go.

As a rookie in 2011, Pineda made 28 starts and threw 171 innings. He finished with a 9-10 record, a 3.74 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. In those 171 innings, he only allowed 133 hits and 55 walks, while striking out 173.

If he misses more than half the season, that would be huge and could blow the American League East race wide open.

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  1. 4 Responses to “New York Yankees: Michael Pineda Likely Done Until All-Star Break”

  2. IN MY OPINION,THIS GUY CAN’T BE TRUSTED ,HE HAS MORE EXCUSES THAN ANYONE AND I DONT TRUST HIM. HE NEEDED TO HONEST FROM THE GET-GO AND TELL GIRADI HE WAS IN PAIN,IF HE IS @ ALL…I THINK HE’S INTIMIDATED BY ANDY,GETTING BACK TO THAT GAME WHERE HE PITCHED WHILE HE SAID IT WAS CAUSE OF PAIN THAT HE SCREWED UP,I PERSONLY DONT BELIEVE HIM,BUT WHAT IF THAT WAS A WSC GAME AND HE DIDNT TELL ANYONE? I THINK HE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE IN THE LIMELITE,HES NOT A TEAM PLAYER AND WANTS TO BE A STAR OF THE GAME, DIDNT HE BLOW ANOTHER GAME AND SAID HE WAS DISTRACTED BY ANDY RETURNING?? COME ON NOW ,YOU WATCH ,I KNOW IM RIGHT , @ I LOVE MY NY YANKEES ,BUT THIS GUY ,JUST INTUISION TELLS ME ITS WRONG

    By NY TAMMY on Apr 23, 2012

  3. Well, looks like the Yankees have ruined another pitcher. Pineda was fine when they got him. But, once again, and going against the advice of Hall of Fames pitchers like Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver, who advocate pounding the strike zone with fast balls to develop a young pitcher’s arm strength, the idiots have him throwing curveballs and change ups. And now, like Joba and others, he’s developed arm trouble from trying to throw too many different pitches. Pineda needs to get himself traded before the Yankees ruin his career. Oh, and I heard the Rangers’ pitchers are doing just fine. Now, who is their owner? Oh, yeah, Nolan Ryan.

    By Fred on Apr 23, 2012

  4. Well Fred if the Ranger pitchers aren’t “pounding the strike zone” the Yanks shouldn’t have any problem pounding them. Nolan Ryan is an overweight windbag! Michael Pineda will be a threat and that is why you fear him! Goooooo Yankees!

    By Jodi on Apr 23, 2012

  5. My gut feelings tell me the Yanks got damaged goods in this deal…and besides that when you watch Pineda pitch he looks so nervous and sweaty you’d think he’s ready to have a heart attack. I dont think he’s cut out to handle the NY pressure. I dont think Cashman did proper due dilligence before this trade was made. Hopefully Campos will be as good as everyone is saying and this can still turn out to be a good trade.

    By Yankeefan 1 on Apr 23, 2012

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