Michael Pineda has shown up to training camp early and has proclaimed to be “100 percent.” This should be happy news for the Yankees and their fans because poor Pineda hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since September 2011.
Pineda proudly said, “I’m going to compete for the rotation. I’m the same Michael Pineda. I’m 100 percent now and my body is in good shape.”
Pineda, who is now 25, tore his labrum in 2012, had surgery soon after and has been trying to make his way back to the Yankees. “It’s been hard for me because I was traded and I was excited to pitch in New York,” Pineda added, “Then with the surgery and not pitching for two years, it’s hard.”
He wants to contribute to the team for the first time since being traded from Seattle in early 2012. “In 2012, when the Yankees made the playoffs, I wanted to be there and last year, too, I was sad because I want to pitch,” Pineda said. “Right now it’s over. Hopefully the team is in the playoffs and I pitch in the World Series.”
Of course, we’ll have to see how things go for Pineda during Spring Training but if all goes well and he does make it out of camp without any lingering shoulder issues, he could be a nice addition to the starting rotation.