Michael Pineda threw a sim game this morning. He pitched two innings, alternating between two batters - Scott Sizemore and Zoilo Almonte and so far, so good. Via Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog: Sizemore, who faced Pineda in Pineda's rookie year had this to say about Pineda's sim game, “It’s been a couple of years since I saw him, but today the ball was popping out of his hand,” Sizemore added. “He has different movement on all of his fastballs, almost. I think it’s just a natural thing for him. Sometimes he cuts it, sometimes it sinks, sometimes it’s a true four-seamer. But as a pitcher that’s what you want. You don’t want two pitches to look the same. Of course, he’s saw tall and lanky with his arm action, as a right-handed hitter it kind of comes out from behind your head so it’s tough to feel comfortable in the box.”
Sizemore also said, “I have to believe that’s low to mid 90s at least but with the movement, it definitely makes it that much more challenging.”
That's good to hear and the Yankees were happy with Pineda according to John Harper of the Daily News. He tweeted: "Watched Pineda simulated game this morning. Mechanics much smoother than last summer rehab game, FB more explosive. Yanks optimistic."
Up next for the young pitcher, appearing a game which will come on Friday against the Detroit Tigers.