The New York Yankees would love to see the player they traded away Jesus Montero for actually make an appearance for them. Michael Pineda has suffered through two seasons of shoulder problems now, but he may be inching closer to a return. In fact, Pineda may soon be ready to go out on a minor league rehab assignment. This according to Andy McCullough of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Pineda threw five innings at the complex today, Cashman said. Fastball sat at 93. He could start rehab assignment after one more appearance.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) May 23, 2013
Pineda missed the entire 2012 season after the Yankees traded for him. There were no indications of problems from Seattle or from his physical when New York sent Jesus Montero to the Mariners in a package that brought Pineda to New York. Unfortunately, the issues began to pop up not long after the trade.
Pineda showed some early promise in Seattle. That promise intrigued the Yankees enough to give up one of their more highly-regarded prospects. Montero has had some success in Seattle, but he was recently demoted to Triple-A. Pineda is still an unknown, though.
In 2011, Pineda went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA while with the Mariners. The Yankees hoped he could build on that success and put together a nice career going forward. However, they now have no idea what they'll be getting when he is healthy enough to pitch for them.
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