New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told Justin Terranova of The New York Post that the team doesn’t feel they can count on
right-hander Michael Pineda at all during the 2013 season.
“With elbows it’s a lot more
predictable. With shoulders, you take him off the radar screen and bring him
back as the injury allows. But I don’t think we can count on him for next year
at all,” Rothschild said.
Pineda missed the entire 2012 season due to a tear in his
throwing shoulder, but he and the Yankees expected him to be back for spring
training. However, the team is no longer leaning on him to contribute next
season. Details haven’t been released, but it may take Pineda a season before
he returns to his full capacity, if he’s ever able to at all.
This is generally the case with major arm injuries since
pitchers have to build up their arm strength after such extensive time off.
Rothschild notes that elbows are more predictable than shoulders, meaning the
team can’t be as certain regarding Pineda’s timeframe for return.
The Yankees acquired Pineda from the Seattle Mariners last
offseason in exchange for slugger Jesus Montero. While Montero wasn’t overly impressive
in his first season with the M’s, the trade has been a disaster for the Bombers
so far considering Pineda’s injury issues.
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