So sad for Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda, who will be out for the rest of 2012 after he undergoes surgery to repair his torn right labrum. Pineda, a right handed pitcher formerly with the Seattle Mariners, was acquired by the Yankees in the Jesus Montero (catcher/DH) trade back in January. Pineda was already on the 15-Day-DL retroactive to March 30th due to discomfort in his right shoulder. He was given an MRI when he first came over from the Mariners which came back clean, so one would have to suspect the torn labrum occurred during his extended spring training starts.
The Yankees have not had an opportunity to really see what Pineda can do. The Mariners, strongly in need of hitting, had no choice but to use him as trade bait to land Montero. WIth several young pitchers excelling in the Mariners’ minor league system, and 2010 Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez the King of his Court, Pineda became expendable. This new development puts a damper on the Yankees’ 2012 plans, especially with Phil Hughes posting a sub-par 6.75 ERA in three starts.
The rotation could use some depth, a task now left up to Andy Pettitte. Pettitte, who retired after the 2010 season, is currently rehabbing his way back to the team. Tonight he tossed 81 pitches over five innings for the Trenton Thunder, allowing 4 earned runs. The Yankees will certainly take their time with Pettitte, but with the injury to Pineda, he becomes an even more crucial piece of the team.
The Yankees return to New York on Friday to start a weekend series with the Tigers at 7:05.