Uncertain outlook for Pineda

When Michael Pineda had surgery for a torn labrum back in May, he indicated that, if all went well, he hoped to be ready to go at the beginning of Spring Training in 2013. Given the nature of the injury, however, that was always a touch unrealistic, and general manager Brian Cashman said as much yesterday. Appearing on ESPN Radio with Ian O’Connor, Cashman said of the man he traded Jesus Montero to acquire: “We have to keep him off our radar for now. … We’re talking June of next year … the second half of next year.”

Given Pineda’s stature and the controversial nature of his acquisition, I have a feeling that there’s going to be some anxiousness to get him on the mound in a Yankees’ uniform, but the Yankees are actually fairly well suited to take it easy with their young righty. They have C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and David Phelps under control for next season, and if they can bring back Andy Pettitte and/or Hiroki Kuroda, they should be perfectly fine where starting pitching is concerned on Opening Day. The important thing here will be to avoid any setbacks with Pineda’s shoulder, allowing him to rehab at his own pace and come back when he’s ready. Hopefully that will provide them with an additional weapon come the summer months, but if not it shouldn’t be the end of the world for this roster.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

8 thoughts on “Uncertain outlook for Pineda

  1. my god i hope this works out. unbelievable i wanted to keep montero. long as nova can bounce back like phil i guess its all good

  2. This kid is so young that they've got a couple of years to let him heal properly and develop into a true major league pitcher. There is absolutely no rush here.

  3. It's amazing to me how long it takes for this kind of injury to heal. I find it hard to imagine that something that takes so long to get better will ever be 100% again.

  4. At the beginning of the year, can the Yanks officially option him to AAA so that service time doesn't accrue? I'm under the impression that this year, he's on the major league DL, so he's one year closer to arbitration/free agency without having throw an pitch.

  5. I hear alot of rumors saying we are going after Ethier this winter, our outfield really stinks, we should just Buy everyone we want, greedy Yankees and greedy America.

    • But Ethier isn't a great fit, and is overpaid. He has ridiculous platoon splits over his career.