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Pregame notes: Pineda diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This morning’s MRI revealed tendinitis in Michael Pineda’s sore right shoulder. He’ll open the season on the 15-day disabled list, but given the alternatives, manager Joe Girardi called this “great news.”

“Very relieved,” Girardi said. “Because the rest of the MRI came out good.”

With sore shoulders, the biggest concern centers on labrums and rotator cuffs. Both seem to be fine with Pineda. The plan is for Pineda to rest for a while, thought Girardi wouldn’t put any sort of timetable on his potential return. Girardi said there’s still no clear indication whether Pineda felt this before last night, but it’s “absolutely” a problem that popped up after the trade. This isn’t a lingering issue from last season.

As for a cause, Girardi said it could be anything. Could be a gradual situation that just started to present itself this spring. It might have been caused made worse by Pineda trying to throw hard and slightly altering his mechanics. It could be just normal wear and tear. Although Phil Hughes also had shoulder tendonitis last season, Girardi said he doesn’t consider these injuries one and the same. There’s too much going on in the shoulder to say that two tendonitis problems would be the same.

• Girardi acknowledged that the Pineda injury sets the Yankees rotation: 1. CC Sabathia, 2. Hiroki Kuroda, 3. Phil Hughes, 4. Ivan Nova, 5. Freddy Garcia.

• There’s no final diagnosis for Cesar Cabral’s elbow injury, but Girardi said it’s “significant” and he’s going to miss more than 15 days. It’s a pretty serious problem that’s being further evalutated. Obviously Tommy John jumps to mind, but the Yankees have given no indiciation one way or the other whether that’s a consideration.

• With Cabral out, it seems very likely that Clay Rapada will make the team. “Very possible,” Girardi said. “He’s definitely going to be considered.”

• With Pineda out, it seems one of D.J. Mitchell, David Phelps or Adam Warren will make the big league roster as a long man. Girardi won’t say that one of those three is definitely in, but he said, “right now I think it’s safe to focus on that.” Girardi didn’t rule out the idea of carrying two of them — and not carrying Rapada — but that scenario seems unlikely.

• Andy Pettitte threw a two-inning simulated game this morning. Girardi said he looked sharp, “especially for 8:40 in the morning.” Girardi seemed less optimistic that Pettitte will actually pitch in a game this spring. He’d have to do it on Wednesday, which would be on short rest, and that seems unlikely.

• Girardi didn’t see Nick Swisher or Dave Robertson to check on them today. He’s assuming Swisher feels good enough to play tomorrow and assuming Robertson will bounce back just fine after two innings yesterday. He’ll hear about it if they’re not ok.

• I don’t have the full list of second-string players this afternoon — no clubhouse access here in Kissimmee — but Dante Bichette Jr. and Mason Williams are here and will play. It will be the first time Girardi has seen Bichette since watching him in high school. Girardi and Bichette’s father are extremely close friends.

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69 Responses to “Pregame notes: Pineda diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis”

  1. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Good, no great, no really great to hear. I hope they handle him right from here on out and don’t rush him.

  2. blake March 31st, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    LGY, Chad, or anyone who knows,

    How does the rule work exactly? I know originally they had to send him down for like 20 days or something to get the extra year…..so if he’s on the DL and then pitches for 20 days in the minors afterward before comic back up do they still get it?

  3. RadioKev March 31st, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    The Granderson trade was the worst thing ever too. We lost the all mighty Austin Jackson.

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    “But no matter what happens you will never call the trade a bust. You will just pay lip service to understanding why they made the trade at the time and say sometimes things just don’t work out.”

    First of all, I think Pineda will be just fine. The guy has the goods, there is no question. We traded for a beast and we got a beast. So the beast is just a little dinged up right now. It doesn’t mean that he isn’t still a beast.

    Let me say this. I am not paying lipservice. Because you are aghast at the trade doesn’t mean that everyone else is.

    I apologize for understanding why the trade was made and all of the reasons behind it. And I find them extremely pragmatic and credible reasons. Montero was not in the Yankees plans. If it wasn’t Pineda, it would have been another trade. If Lee went through, he would have been gone. Yankees don’t tie up their DH position long-term (for obvious reasons) and they weren’t impressed with his catching.

    I didn’t like losing Montero but I certainly understood why it happened.

  5. LGY March 31st, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    The Granderson trade was an incredible trade from the moment it was made. Cashman has an excellent track record trading for position players.

    Unfortunately, he seems incapable of trading for a healthy pitcher who is still able to pitch at a premier level which may be a big problem considering the team is clearly emphasizing building a young cost controlled rotation behind CC.

  6. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t expect we’d see him back in NY for at least the first month.

    With Andy coming back, plus Freddy… they aren’t gonna rush him in any way shape or form.

    Work on the changeup, get that arm strength back…

    when Pineda finally hits NY, he should be a machine.

  7. randy l. March 31st, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    “I blame it on Girardi and Cashman.”

    gb7-

    yes there are few wingnuts coming out of the woodwork , but what would you do right now with pineda.

    forget how he’s gotten to this point in time.

    you’re in charge, what do you do with him?

  8. LGY March 31st, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Blake

    If he’s activated off the DL and then optioned to the minors then they can push back his clock.

    Rehab time spent in the minors counts as major league service time.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    randy, it will be an interesting watch. I am still hoping that he spends time in AAA. That would accomplish a number of things – again being pragmatic here. It would help Pineda, it would keep the Yankees rotation in order without any rush on having to make another decision, and it would give the Yankees more service time with Pineda. I see that as a total win all around.

  10. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    seriously, is anyone considering Pineda a bust?

    he’ll be on the DL and in the minors for a month or so…

    and in the process they gain an entire extra year of control.

    I certainly don’t want injury, but this could be a blessing in disguise.

  11. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    “Unfortunately, he seems incapable of trading for a healthy pitcher who is still able to pitch at a premier level which may be a big problem considering the team is clearly emphasizing building a young cost controlled rotation behind CC.”

    And what makes it worse is that he doesn’t really need to do it now. They have plenty of pitching. All they need is a plan and the patience to execute it.

  12. randy l. March 31st, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    “Pineda on the shelf for a while and the Yankees lose the opportunity right now to gain an extra year of service time and avoid Super 2 status.

    Terrible.”

    lgy-

    are you saying that if he’s injured he can’t be sent to AAA?

    that would be a yankee blunder that would shock even me.

  13. Baseball Mogul March 31st, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Marchand is spot on re: Pineda.

    “Pineda was not himself all spring so starting his Yankee career possibly getting booed off mound may have been tougher to overcome”

    “Pineda is going to DL, which given his spring gives him a chance to start anew which could benefit him in long run.”

    “With Pettitte signing and young depth, Yanks have luxury of letting Pineda takes his time.”

    This is why the depth is a good problem to have. Let him take his time and come back strong. Hopefully not a Hughes situation, but time will tell. The sky isn’t falling here…

  14. randy l. March 31st, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “and in the process they gain an entire extra year of control.”

    do they though.

    i think lgy was saying he can’t go to the minors because he’s injured.

    i remember that happening to hughes at one time.

    i think they have to get healthy to stop the clock and be sent down.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “seriously, is anyone considering Pineda a bust?”

    I believe Triple Short of a Cycle is. At least that’s how I read his posts.

  16. LGY March 31st, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Randy

    You can’t option a player on the major league DL to the minors.

  17. Melkmanisinhotlanta March 31st, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    It’s a bad situation because we don’t know the severity of the inflammation and the duration of it. The other problem is that he will need to be on a permanent monitored conditioning program. Anyone with tendonitis knows it’s an issue mentally as well as physically. He probably freaked out knowing he was going to NY and ate a lot of food to cover for the stress. It’s obvious. We is in for a world of pain as Jesus kicks butt in quiet Seattle. It’s always easier to go from the NYY to the Seattles of the world than vice versa. Oh the pain, it will come Ray, it will come!

  18. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Props to Waldman, who I criticize a lot. Listening to the game last night, she was the only one of Sterling and Feinsand who realized that it would be a mistake to start Pineda in NY with the way he was pitching (before the news of the injury broke).

  19. randy l. March 31st, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    “If he’s activated off the DL and then optioned to the minors then they can push back his clock.”

    then the dumbass yankees should have said ” no , your arm doesn’t hurt, wink , wink.” and sent pineda to the minors.

    what are they stupid?

    no one would have known.

  20. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    randy l. March 31st, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    “I blame it on Girardi and Cashman.”

    gb7-

    yes there are few wingnuts coming out of the woodwork , but what would you do right now with pineda.

    forget how he’s gotten to this point in time.

    you’re in charge, what do you do with him?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    I suppose the easiest answer is to trade him back to Seattle for Montero. At least that would bring this board back to it’s normal lunacy, instead of this ramped up brand of lunacy.

    I’d send him to extended spring training and either bring in Justin Pope fro staten Island to watch his health, training and mechanics, or send Pope to AAA and bring Scott Aldred in from Scranton to fix any mechanical issues he might have. Just keep those two bums, Conners and Contreras away from him.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    “We is in for a world of pain as Jesus kicks butt in quiet Seattle.”

    Your posts would have a lot more credibility if you didn’t continue to try to make this a Montero v. Pineda deal.

    In addition, it appears that Pineda is in much better shape than a lot of people thought, based on the MRI. We already know the kid can pitch his brains out.

    Patience is a virtue. So is objectivity.

  22. randy l. March 31st, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    “Randy

    You can’t option a player on the major league DL to the minors.”

    yup, i actually knew that,but it hadn’t crossed my mind until you mentioned it.

    this is classic how not to play a hand dealt to you.

    collossal blunder on cashman’s part.

  23. REZ12 March 31st, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Rich – Totally agree. The Pineda trade was impulsive and unnecessary. It stemmed from a lack of patience – they simply were not content already having the best team in the AL East with plenty of young pitching on the horizon. They needed their shiny new toy this instant. Why develop a pitcher when you can just get one from another org? Except this cost us an elite young bat that we could have a great use for in the not-so-distant future.

    The fragility of pitching (and his elbow history) further perplexes me as to why they gave up an elite young bat for someone they truly didn’t need. They needed AJ Burnett a heck of a lot more in 08 than they did Pineda this year.

  24. randy l. March 31st, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    “I’d send him to extended spring training and either bring in Justin Pope fro staten Island to watch his health, training and mechanics, or send Pope to AAA and bring Scott Aldred in from Scranton to fix any mechanical issues he might have. Just keep those two bums, Conners and Contreras away from him.”

    gb7-

    sounds good to me.

    by the way, you get it that i separate the two things don’t you?

    i hated the trade, but pineda himself is independent of that.

    the point now is geting pineda right.

  25. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Pineda might as well get used to being booed because the first mistake he makes, the wizards will let him know. Hell, they might boo him anyway, just to let them know that they care so much.

  26. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Randy, I wasn’t fond of the trade, either, but, i do understand why it was made.

  27. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    then the dumbass yankees should have said ” no , your arm doesn’t hurt, wink , wink.” and sent pineda to the minors.

    ———————————-

    Yeah “wink, wink this move is financially advantageous for us at your expense so just play along”

  28. RadioKev March 31st, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Couldn’t the players union make a stink out of sending Pineda to the minors instead of the DL?

  29. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    They can DL Pineda, and have 30 days after that to put him through extended ST. After he’s right, they can option him out for maybe 3-4 starts and check his progress. That’s your 20 gays or so.

  30. MaineYankee March 31st, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    Randy, I wasn’t fond of the trade, either, but, i do understand why it was made.

    ———————————————————–

    What a fanboy. :evil:

  31. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    “Couldn’t the players union make a stink out of sending Pineda to the minors instead of the DL?”

    They just bent over on a much bigger issue. Let them grieve it if they want. The Yankees need do what’s in their best interests.

  32. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    What a fanboy. :evil:

    ———————–

    Leave him alone. He’s just waxing his poetics. :wink:

  33. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    20 ***days*** or so

  34. RadioKev March 31st, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    It’s funny to watch fans encourage the Yankees to make moves on bad faith to their players :)

  35. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    MaineYankee March 31st, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    Randy, I wasn’t fond of the trade, either, but, i do understand why it was made.

    ———————————————————–

    What a fanboy.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Of Montero or Randy?

  36. Betsy March 31st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    So Pineda is already a bust, LGY? I don’t want to come across as overdramatic, but you’ve already determined that this is a failed trade without giving Pineda a shot.

  37. MaineYankee March 31st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    GB7

    Of Montero or Randy?

    —————————————————-

    The Yankees. :lol:

  38. Bo knows March 31st, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Did anybody itemize where the Yankee pitching was last winter?
    – CC is okay
    – Hughes is a ?
    – Nova had to be shut down due to forearm tightness
    – Noesi maybe
    – Garcia is old
    – AJ needs to be recycled
    – two starters in AAA were injured,
    – the two Bs can’t find home plate

    Other than that we’re doing good

  39. Betsy March 31st, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Trisha, he’s far from the only one who considers the trade a bust, which his hilarious. I’m sorry he’s hurt, but maybe it’s best that he stay in AAA so that he can’t get killed by fans who have not one iota of patience for him.

  40. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Maybe Pineda’s the smart one.

    Claim’s his shoulder hurts after a lackluster spring and then spends last night inflaming it for the MRI. :smile:

  41. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    “It’s funny to watch fans encourage the Yankees to make moves on bad faith to their players ”

    What I suggested is not in bad faith.

  42. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Be of good cheer, Michael Pineda. Just know that you’ll always have the same unwavering support that Phil ughes has had.

  43. ron March 31st, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Dl,and rehab time counts as major league service time.
    But they can activate him,rehab him for a reasonable time,about 20 days,then keep him down for another 20 days.

    So dl 15 days,not sure if that starts now or when the season starts.

    Dl 15 days
    rehab 15-20 days,then an additional 20 days for an xtra year of control.

    Worst case is less than 2 months for the whole thing.Early june,wich is not bad.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    “Did anybody itemize where the Yankee pitching was last winter?
    – CC is okay
    – Hughes is a ?
    – Nova had to be shut down due to forearm tightness
    – Noesi maybe
    – Garcia is old
    – AJ needs to be recycled
    – two starters in AAA were injured,
    – the two Bs can’t find home plate

    Other than that we’re doing good”

    I mentioned that on any number of occasions. Probably as recently as yesterday!

    FODE (fell on deaf ears)

  45. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    There is no rush to bring Pineda up as things stand now. He can benefit from extended time in the mL, even until July or August.

  46. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Did anybody itemize where the Yankee pitching was last winter?”

    Pineda has always bee a question mark as well.

    FODE

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock March 31st, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Leave him alone. He’s just waxing his poetics.
    ////

    LMAO

  48. REZ12 March 31st, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Pineda had elbow problems in the minors, not shoulder.

    Anyway, it is tough to blame the organization for pushing him – he was their prized offseason acquisition. They wanted him in the rotation and didn’t want to look bad sending him to AAA. They are cognizant of their reputation for having a poor track record when it comes to acquiring pitching and they were not going to willingly let Pineda continue that trend too. Thus, Larry and Joe were publicly saying the last 2 weeks how good his CU looks and how he is still getting outs despite velocity and it will come in time – just to diffuse the situation and make things better than they appear. They have always been passive when it comes to dealing with issues with their pitchers anyway.

    I believe if he had pitched well yesterday despite diminished velocity, he would have been in the rotation and Garcia would have gone to the pen – even though they knew there was a problem, they probably figured based on ST that he could do a representitive job of getting outs at the ML level and hopefully the velocity will come. Now, as CB said yesterday, that further illustrates the flaw in their evaluation of pitching as a whole, but I think they were determined not to take criticism if they didn’t have to. Sending him to AAA would have done so.

  49. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve called the ASPCA on you. There are laws about beating dead horses.

  50. CB March 31st, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is good news on Pineda compared to the alternatives.

    However – the key point still stands. We don’t know exactly what the root cause of Pineda’s struggles have been this spring.

    This inflammation in his shoulder – it could either be a cause of those problems or symptoms of some other process. It’s confounded.

    My sense is that this inflammation is unlikely to fully account for Pineda’s lack of life on the ball. I’d guess that it’s more a symptom than the true root cause.

    I think this is much more an instance of Pineda having a dead arm from last season. He then tried to reach back and produce velocity that his body wasn’t capable of. That caused a deterioration in his mechanics and predisposed him to developing inflammation in his shoulder due to the accumulated stress.

    But again – that’s just a hypothesis. I think it’s the most likely case from what we’ve seen.

    But until the Yankees get to the root cause of this – which they haven’t. Then we really can’t fully get a handle on what Pineda’s recovery course is going to look like.

    This is obviously much, much better than any kind of tear. But it’s very possible that Pineda is going to need an extended period of time to rebuild his arm strength. We just don’t know.

    That’s fine as the Yanks have so much depth. All that matters is his long term health.

    But the Yankee’s management of this situation – much like the Hughes situation last season – inspires very little confidence.

    It was so plainly obvious there was a major problem with him last night and they just kept him out there to reach his pitch limit or as close as possible.

    All he was doing last night was exacerbating the inflammation in his shoulder. They are very fortunate nothing tore.

  51. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    It’s not the injury that’s the issue. It’s the ongoing stupidity of needing to blame the yankees or anybody for it. are the yankees to blame for Cabral…Swisher or Kontos’ blisters?

  52. Yank1 March 31st, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    “Pineda has always bee a question mark as well. ”

    And a far bigger risk than Montero, in every sense.

  53. CB March 31st, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Also-once Pineda described discomfort in his arm that was that.

    There is no chance the Yankees could just send him to AAA to try to delay his service time.

    The Players union would file a grievance and win it easily. Pineda’s agent would rightfully go nuts.

    It’s funny – Yankee fans have discussed the issue of delaying Pineda’s service time quite a bit.

    Don’t you think that maybe Pineda himself might be aware of this issue? It’s only his financial future. And his agent more than likely described the situation to him as well.

    Having his service time delayed a year could easily cost Pineda millions and millions of dollars in earnings.

    There was a huge financial incentive for him to make sure he didn’t get sent to AAA.

    Good the Yankees made last night out into a “big” start. A start in which they basically told him – throw harder or you go to AAA and cost yourself major money. Rather than figure out the root cause of what was going on – they just gave him an performance goal he couldn’t reach.

    It’s not surprising at all that the end product of all of this was him developing tendinitis in his shoulder.

    There were so many reasons for Pineda to try to overthrow and do what his arm couldn’t.

  54. rm March 31st, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Why is everybody so upset. This is what “the pitching situation will work itself out” means. It is not unexpected for at least one of your starting pitchers to be injured at any given time. He’s going on the DL he’ll probably have afew rehab starts in the monors and he will be ready when one of the of other pitchers goes down. That is why you need pitching depth. The Yankees are very fortunate to have that depth. Other teams would have a much harder time accomodating this type of injury. This is the Yankees biggest advantage over all of the other teams in baseball. They have a lot of quality players on the roster to mitigate the impact of injuries,

  55. RadioKev March 31st, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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    Yanks sold damaged goods? Seems unlikely. Yanks MRI pitchers as part of typical physical before a deal. They insist upon it.

  56. blake March 31st, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Given that they are going to lose a chunk of this season with Pineda to injury….I would try everything within reason to push back his clock and gain that extra year of control.

  57. CB March 31st, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    “I believe if he had pitched well yesterday despite diminished velocity, he would have been in the rotation and Garcia would have gone to the pen – even though they knew there was a problem, they probably figured based on ST that he could do a representitive job of getting outs at the ML level and hopefully the velocity will come. ”

    I agree with this. You could just see that this was the direction things were headed in until last night. If Pineda had just muddled through and gotten outs he would have gone north.

    And then in games that really counted – in games where the media would be watching his every pitch – he would have been put in a position to max out effort and produce velocity just to compete. He would have been at an even higher risk to get injured if he went north.

    This is exactly what they did with Hughes last year. IT was very much what they did with Wang before.

    In the big picture of things this inflammation was probably for the best because it saved the Yankees from themselves.

  58. RadioKev March 31st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I think Bret may have hit upon a possible reason for the inflammation – perhaps Pineda hit the weights too hard after an inactive off season. Perhaps the same happened to Hughes.

    In either case, I hope they handle it right moving forward. Take their time, and let him build up strength. Call him up when he’s good and ready and that should be the end of that.

  59. CB March 31st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    “Given that they are going to lose a chunk of this season with Pineda to injury….I would try everything within reason to push back his clock and gain that extra year of control.”

    Absolutely. Especially with Pettite coming back.

    They should DL him. Then give him the 30 day rehab time. Once that runs out they should option him to AAA and tell him they want to take things very slowly and have him work on getting back to form and refining his change in peace.

    I’d peg his return if all goes well for around 3 months from now.

  60. CB March 31st, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    The one thing that makes me leery about letting Pineda take his time in the minors is that this just increases the chances that the Yankees convert him to a reliever and get him back on the 25 man that way.

    I would not put it past them.

  61. RadioKev March 31st, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    The Players union would file a grievance and win it easily. Pineda’s agent would rightfully go nuts.
    ———–

    Yeah CB, I totally agree. I wouldn’t see them taking it lightly, as the whole service time strategy seems to be a growing trend.

  62. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Who cares? You do everything that the rules permit to advance your interests. You don’t lost anything by availing yourself of the process.

  63. CB March 31st, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    There was some discussion earlier I believe that the Yankees rather than DL’ing Pineda should have just sent him to AAA to delay his service time.

    Once Pineda had discomfort in his arm that strategy become impossible because it would no longer have been within the rules.

    And it would have been easy to win a grievance.

    As such the Yanks only option is to DL Pineda. Then have him complete his allotted 30 day rehab in the minors/EST and then officially option him to the minors for whatever the required period of time needed to delay his service time.

    That’s the only viable strategy that can’t be disputed on grievance right now.

    And that’s the plan of action they should take. Not only does it delay his clock but you can make sure he comes back as ready as possible for the microscope he’ll be under in NY.

    When he comes up now – every pitch will be put under a microscope for velocity and effectiveness.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    The one thing I absolutely and unequivocally do not buy is that the Yanks would attempt to convert Pineda to a reliever. His stuff is too important to the rotation, not to mention the fact that next year it’s possible that the rotation consists of CC, Hughes, and Nova!

    I any event, so sure a I of that, that I will send every person on this forum a Ritter Sports Bar should that happen!

    You read it here first.

    :)

  65. mick March 31st, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    rm March 31st, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Why is everybody so upset. This is what “the pitching situation will work itself out” means
    ================
    Exactly. Those who poo-pooed this theory were wrong again.
    Things have a way of working themselves out.
    Girardi knew if he left Pineda in long enough he would hurt himself.
    “You can never have enough pitching”
    Is Anndy a sure thing?
    He’s one hammy away from being out for the season.

  66. ralphfl March 31st, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I am ready to collect all the 10$ bets from last night that this was not a bug deal.Oh wait all those who said out for the season or 60 day DL all went and hid.Told you was nothing more then soreness

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