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Following two seasons of shoulder trouble and a slow recovery process, the New York Yankees could actually see Michael Pineda pitch for them this season. General manager Brian Cashman is showing increasing optimism that Pineda could be activated before the season is done. He is finally making enough of a jump that he could be pitching in games again soon.
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com says Pineda is back to throwing off flat ground. He had been shut down after test another setback in his rehab, but he is progressing toward additional rehab starts. As long as he can continue to improve and not feel any additional discomfort in his shoulder, Pineda will have a real shot at pitching for the Yankees this season - for the first time since they acquired him via trade.
"I think if everything is as we hope it to be, then he will have a chance to do that," Cashman said. "Whether we do that or not, I don't know. Our expectation is that he would be in a position to do that if we needed him."
Pineda was acquired when the Yankees sent Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners. That deal went down on January 23, 2012. He did not pitch at all in 2012 because of shoulder issues. Those issues continued to linger into this season, and Pineda has yet to pitch this year as well. When healthy, though, Pineda could be a difference maker.
In his rookie season with the Mariners in 2011, Pineda was9-10 with a 3.74 ERA. If he can replicate that success with the Yankees, he would be one of the team's best pitchers. That's a big if considering how long Pineda has been out of action.
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