Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
There has been nothing but bad news for the New York Yankees this Spring. They currently have about $90 million on the disabled list, and they really aren’t sure when any of them are coming back. One of those players is Michael Pineda, the prized haul from last year’s offseason trade with the Seattle Mariners. You may remember that Pineda never made one appearance with the Yankees after Spring Training. He showed up overweight to Tampa, and struggled with his velocity all of March. Then, it was discovered that he had a torn labrum in his shoulder. The Yankees shut him down and he underwent surgery. It looked like a massive mistake by the Yanks, and it left a hole in their rotation. He was expected to compete for the #2 spot in the rotation behind CC Sabathia. Instead, he just looked like another waste. Almost one year later, Pineda is showing real progress in his rehabilitation, as he is reportedly being clocked at 95MPH during his bullpen sessions, and averaging around 93. That’s the kinda life the Yanks had scouted during his rookie season in Seattle, where he finished 4th in ROY voting. The next step in Pineda’s progress [...]
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