Pineda taking positive steps toward his return

Via Eric Boland of Newsday:

Michael Pineda is ready for his next step of rehab. Threw last flat ground session today, progressing to half-mound tomorrow

This is good news and it pleases me greatly. I am hoping for the best for Michael Pineda. I hope his rehab is setback free and if it is, I still think he can be a major contributor when he returns to the team.

I also hope that there aren't obsessive reports about Pineda's velocity like last season. I really think that had an effect on him and could have possibly played a part in his injury. Of course, I'm not a doctor, I don't play one on TV and this is my own wild speculation but it just seemed awfully fishy to me that so many reports came out about his "low" velocity and then suddenly, after he starts trying to throw hard, he injures his shoulder.