Mariners camp has already opened — their pitchers and catchers reported over the weekend — and although the first Yankees workout is still a few days away, players are already starting to show up at the team’s complex in Tampa. Among today’s arrivals: Former Seattle starter Michael Pineda.
Erik Boland and Anthony McCarron are already reporting from Tampa, where Pineda said this afternoon that he’s already developed a friendship with Robinson Cano and he’s looking forward to working alongside and learning from CC Sabathia. Those are the kind of things you want a new guy to say on his first day.
Another thing you specifically want to hear from Pineda: He ackowledged the need to work on his changeup this spring. That’s the one pitch multiple sources have said Pineda needs to improve in order to become a consistent top-of-the-rotation starter.
For whatever it’s worth, Pineda seems to be saying all the right things, and he arrived early. That’s pretty much all you can ask from the guy at this point.
Also, there’s this Pineda quote from The Associated Press: “My mom is excited because she has a lot of family in New York, and she’s never come to America,” said Pineda, who’s mother lives in the Dominican Republic. “So this year, it’s the first time she’s coming to America. She’s excited.”
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