It seems a little like the only news we've heard about Michael Pineda since he became a member of the New York Yankees has been negative. His velocity was down, his labrum was torn, he got caught stupidly driving under the influence -- not really an auspicious beginning in a city that can be completely unforgiving. The Yankees gave up their top prospect for this guy, and the fans are going to demand results because of it, regardless of how Jesus Montero might do in Seattle.
Today, though, the news is positive. Pineda has been in Tampa, throwing off a half-mound in his rehabilitation after the surgery that repaired his torn labrum. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said today that Pineda has experienced no setbacks since he has been throwing again, and could very well make it all the way back to a regulation height mound by next week. After a long string of unfortunate events, it's nice to actually have a reason to be hopeful that things may be starting to go the right way with the pitcher who came to the Bronx surrounded by lofty expectations based on what he'd been able to accomplish with the Mariners.
Michael Pineda Could Progress to Full Mound by Next Week
Pinstriped Bible | Feb 7