As we inch closer and closer to his much-anticipated New York Yankees debut, SP Michael Pineda took to the mound on Tuesday evening for the Trenton Thunder in yet another stop on his way to the Bronx. After trading for the hard-throwing right-hander almost two years ago, it’s nearly time to see what he can bring to the rotation.
If Tuesday’s outing was any indication, then he may indeed be providing a spark within that group very soon.
Throwing for the Double-A Thunder, Pineda tossed six-scoreless innings of two-hit ball, while striking out four. Both of the hits were singles. While Pineda is returning from shoulder surgery, velocity is going to be something that is looked at under a microscope.
Well, the 24-year old didn’t disappoint in that department. The pitcher was consistently clocked in the low-90s on his fastballs, and the important thing is that Pineda made it known he felt no discomfort in the shoulder while throwing. This was the first of two starts in Trenton for the right-hander. He said that he expects to make his second start on Sunday, and then it will presumably be off to Triple-A Scranton.
With the Yankees locked in a battle with the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox for supremacy atop the AL East, Pineda spitting out performances like this on this 30-day rehab stint is nothing but a good sign. With the Yankee rotation constantly showing signs of inconsistency throughout this year so far, a healthy, consistent Michael Pineda may be the spark they need.
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