Michael Pineda Could Progress to Full Mound by Next Week

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

It seems a little like the only news we've heard about Michael Pineda since he became a member of the New York Yankees has been negative. His velocity was down, his labrum was torn, he got caught stupidly driving under the influence -- not really an auspicious beginning in a city that can be completely unforgiving. The Yankees gave up their top prospect for this guy, and the fans are going to demand results because of it, regardless of how Jesus Montero might do in Seattle.

Today, though, the news is positive. Pineda has been in Tampa, throwing off a half-mound in his rehabilitation after the surgery that repaired his torn labrum. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said today that Pineda has experienced no setbacks since he has been throwing again, and could very well make it all the way back to a regulation height mound by next week. After a long string of unfortunate events, it's nice to actually have a reason to be hopeful that things may be starting to go the right way with the pitcher who came to the Bronx surrounded by lofty expectations based on what he'd been able to accomplish with the Mariners.

Everyone will be curious to see what velocity Pineda is able to muster after undergoing a surgery that has a spotty track record at best. That information hasn't been discussed and probably won't be for some time. The team doesn't expect Pineda to be ready before about the half point of the year, which is still plenty of time away. It's possible that he will never be the fireballer that we may have thought we were getting, but there's just no way to know that right now. Wait-and-see mode is never fun, but at least we have more reason to be slightly optimistic than we did yesterday; and with how things have gone with Pineda to this point, that's something.

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