And now for good news from Yankee camp. Reports have come in from Tampa that Michael Pineda showed up 20 lb lighter and that it’s possible, if his recovery continues to go well, that he could contribute to the team in 2013.
Pineda suffered a season ending shoulder injury before he could even make a regular season start for the Yankees in 2012.
While talking with reporters today, Pineda admitted that he wrong to show up to camp overweight last year. “I won’t make that mistake anymore,” also adding “It’s not easy. I have to keep working hard.”
Pineda is itching to get back into action but the Yankees are cautious and don’t want to rush him. While Pineda hopes he can face live batters next month, the Yankees are not saying whether he will or not. He also sounded very excited about his new repaired shoulder and hopes to get his fastball velocity back to 2011 levels.