Quick hit: Pineda to face live batters in two weeks

Via Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog:

Continuing his progress from last year’s shoulder surgery, Michael Pineda is scheduled to throw a 45-pitch bullpen tomorrow. He’s not sure how hard he’s been throwing the ball, but he said he’s felt no discomfort, his command has been “perfect” and Pineda said coaches hav told him he looks good and strong. He’s seemed encouraged every step along the way.

Pineda said the next significant step comes in two weeks when he’s scheduled to throw live batting practice for the first time.

I don’t know about you but I feel like doing a jig or maybe some backflips. I like good news so hopefully we’ll keep getting it from Yankees camp.

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14 thoughts on “Quick hit: Pineda to face live batters in two weeks

  1. Best news I've heard in days. Seriously. I hope like hell this kid can TAKE HIS TIME and recouperate without pressure and without a radar gun in sight. Would be a very welcome addition to see him in July or August.

    All you Negative Nancies can eat dirt!!!

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  2. Great great news. Now I know how the winner of that $338MM Powerball drawing yesterday felt when he saw the news.

    BTW, thank God I'm glad this wasn't another piece on Wells.

  3. The Yankees can possibly already come out on top of the Montero trade if he continues to struggle this year while Pineda returns at the All Star break to pitch a .500 Yankees team into the playoffs. Meanwhile Campos tears up Charleston the 1st half of 2013 and then torches in Tampa the 2nd half.

    I just got new glasses this weekend. I don't know if you can tell, but they are rose-colored. I like the Sox fan's approach who commented in the Vernon Wells thread: expectations for a playoff run will not be there this year with so many injuries. On the other hand, since we're not expecting much at this point, they can always pleasantly surprise us by slipping into the playoffs.

    But it is almost as likely to be a long season where they aren't even close to competing as they are to make the playoffs. Does Jeter's ankle stiffness linger the entire season so he can't get back to his old self? Does Tex never make it back into the lineup or if he does, is only as effective as the Juan RIvera/Dan Johnson combo that replaced him? Hughes' bulging discs never calm down enough for him to stick in the rotation this year? Grandy's forearm injury saps a little of his power to make his feast or famine approach worth less than 2 fWAR this year? Ichiro reverts back to his crappy version like his last 2 years of Seattle? Pineda suffers a setback with his shoulder rehab?

    I am just as prepared for the above trainwreck as a 92 win team that wins the division. Though 92 wins does seem way less likely at this point now. What probably winds up happening is something in between, and this team is still in position to make a run for 1 of the wild cards if they can keep close enough til Sept. I'm assuming they can tread water til the All Star break and then get A-Rod and Tex back, maybe with Pineda as an added bonus. I'm assuming Grandy can make it back fine from a broken forearm and give 3-4 fWAR (I know, a bit optimistic). If Hughes can't ever shake his back issues this year, I'm not so worried as Phelps or Wang should be capable of holding down the 5th spot. I'm assuming CC, Pettitte, and Kuroda are all solid at the top. I'm all in on Nova's new arm motion because I love .gifs, and saying he edges out Alex Cobb as the best #4 starter in the AL east this year and the x-factor that keeps the team afloat until the cavalry comes at the all star break.

    But mainly I just want to still be in it at the all star break. So my glasses are helping with that right now.

  4. Good news on Pineda. The pitching should be stellar this year, having Pineda ready to go at some point this season would be icing on the cake. There is no rush, so hopefully they take it slow and don't force anything.

    Also glad to see Wang back in the fold, hope he does well. He's worked hard at coming back and it would be good to see him rewarded.