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Pregame notes: Pineda stops by the Yankees clubhouse

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 19, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Michael Pineda made a most unexpected appearance in the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon. The big right hander was in town for a checkup on his surgically repaired labrum.

“The doctors say everything is great right now, so I’m continuing this plan,” he said. “… Now I’m just starting working on my exercises. I go to physical therapy every day. No throwing right now.”

Pineda said he’s been told he could begin throwing in mid-September. He’s hoping to be ready for spring training.

“He’s been here the past couple of days, just some checkups with doctors,” Joe Girardi said. “Everything is going great. It’s good to see him not in a sling and walking around freely. He’ll go back to Tampa and just continue with his rehab. I’m not sure exactly what he’s doing. It’s a long process.”

For whatever it’s worth, Pineda seemed to be in even better shape than he was in during spring training — he was wearing street clothes, so it’s hard to tell for certain — and he seemed much more comfortable with a group interview setting.

“Everything is great,” he said. “I’m feeling great right now. I’m feeling much better.”

• Nick Swisher ran and took batting practice inside this afternoon. Girardi checked with him, and Swisher said he coudl play tonight. “He told me he was good to go,” Girardi said. “I said, we’ll go through BP and if we have to change (the lineup) we have to change it, or if there’s a point tonight where you feel like it tightens up, let me know and we’ll go from there.”

• Girardi said he might have started Swisher at DH if there were any indication that Swisher would be limited running in the outfield. Swisher indicated that he can move without a problem, and Girardi said he’d rather use the DH spot to rest Alex Rodriguez, especially with the mid-week day game tomorrow.

• Swisher on the injury: “Yesterday when I went to take my swings, I felt like when I tried to take my normal swings I couldn’t do it. I don’t want to mess with that because I feel like I have a good stroke going right now. I wanted to make sure I could do that. Robbie and I did our net drill out there and everything went well, so we’re ready to go.”

• By the way, Swisher said he could have only played last night in an extreme emergency. He said CC Sabathia would have been a better pinch hitting option. “I was telling them to put big C in there, and then I’d go in behind him,” Swisher said.

• David Aardsma made his first rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League today. Aardsma tweeted that his next outing will be Saturday, also in the Gulf Coast League. “I have not been given a time frame on him, but obviously he’s a lot closer than when we left (spring training),” Girardi said.

• Speaking of rehabbing relievers in Tampa: “I’m working together with (Joba Chamberlain), talking to him every day,” Pineda said. “He’s looking good. I’ve seen a couple of bullpens from this guy, and he looks good in the bullpen.”

• Brett Gardner is wearing a massive brace on his right arm. He said he has to wear it even in bed to keep himself from doing much of anything with his elbow.

• Girardi on what’s made Hiroki Kuroda so good recently: “I think his slider has been real effective, getting him back into counts, getting him ahead in counts. I think he’s pitched in well to lefties. Pitching in to righties was something that came a little easier, I think, for him. He’s been more effective inside to lefties. And he’s used his curveball a little bit more.”

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38 Responses to “Pregame notes: Pineda stops by the Yankees clubhouse”

  1. Villa Nova-Ya June 19th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    This is really good news.

  2. blake June 19th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Pineda is alive!

  3. Jerkface June 19th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I don’t think Wise has actually spelled Granderson, so he seems kind of superfluous.

  4. Nick in SF June 19th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    ” “I’m working together with (Joba Chamberlain), talking to him every day,” Pineda said. “He’s looking good. I’ve seen a couple of bullpens from this guy, and he looks good in the bullpen.”

    So Pineda doesn’t want to compete with Joba for a spot in the 2013 rotation. Wants to keep Joba in the bullpen. Got it.

    Of course, this means war.

  5. blake June 19th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Man what if Nova and Hughes continue to be good….and either andy or Kuroda comes back……and Pineda comes back a monster…….

  6. Yank1 June 19th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    And they add Joba to the rotation on top of that…

  7. Jerkface June 19th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I like trying Branyan out, because in the playoffs you want to go with an A-list lineup almost every game, and I doubt any of them include Nix or Wise.

  8. randy l. June 19th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    “Man what if Nova and Hughes continue to be good….and either andy or Kuroda comes back……and Pineda comes back a monster…….”

    blake-

    you been into the nitrous oxide again? :)

  9. Nick in SF June 19th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    “Man what if Nova and Hughes continue to be good….and either andy or Kuroda comes back……and Pineda comes back a monster…….”

    Then CC becomes full-time DH and starts putting up Prince Fielderesque numbers with the short porch. There’s no defense for upper-deck moon shots.

  10. austinmac June 19th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    The Yankees do potentially have an excess of pitching next year. Clearly, extra arms are needed, but extra quality starters are valuable in trade, I would think. That is the balance they surely will try to balance. A bat or two wouldn’t offend me.

  11. blake June 19th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    “you been into the nitrous oxide again?”

    Shhhhhh!

  12. Rich in NJ June 19th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I am hoping that Pineda makes a full recovery and then they trade him for a top tier young SS/3B, which will be their biggest need over the next few years. #dream on

  13. CompassRosy June 19th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    “The doctors say everything is great right now, so I’m continuing this plan,” he said. “… Now I’m just starting working on my exercises. I go to physical therapy every day. No throwing right now.”

    Pineda said he’s been told he could begin throwing in mid-September. He’s hoping to be ready for spring training

    ~

    You go, Michael!

    :)

  14. austinmac June 19th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Upon further reflection, I think they hope not to need Kuroda again and save the money.

  15. Yankee Trader June 19th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Anyone know if Pineda is looking slim and trim?

  16. m June 19th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Let’s stretch the win streak to GGBG.

    Hope to see Pineda back healthy and throwing bullets next spring.

    Get well, GGBG. :(

    As for Soriano, a lot if people panned the move. But some of us thought it was good insurance for Mo. No one thought he’d shred his knee like that, but the point is who gives a flying &$@! what Sherman thinks?

    Every team in baseball could have signed him, they all have money. They just choose not to spend it. So ass clowns like Sherman should just shut up about how theYankees choose to spend theirs. As it turned out, thank goodness we had Soriano with injuries to Mo, Robertson, and Joba. Otherwise Hughes would be closing. :oops:

  17. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Speaking of arm injuries, I only learned today that
    Drabek from the Jays will be undergoing his 2nd TJ surgery
    WOW!!!!
    Is that becoming more common now???

  18. LGY June 19th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Yankee Trader June 19th, 2012 at 5:32 pm
    Is Ibanez tiring by playing the OF too often

    From RABs-

    Last 33 games .196/.250/.359, 3 homers, 5 walks, 13 strikeouts in 100 plate appearances

    ————-

    Ibanez is an EXTREMELY streaky hitter. Has been his whole career.

  19. Yank1 June 19th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    “I am hoping that Pineda makes a full recovery and then they trade him for a top tier young SS/3B, which will be their biggest need over the next few years. ”

    Agree. They won’t do it, but that would be the smart thing to do and the proper way to allocate their resources.

    If they can turn Pineda into a young bat, the Montero talk would cease.

  20. RMike June 19th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    “Ibanez is an EXTREMELY streaky hitter. Has been his whole career.”

    Yep. Look no further than last year:

    April – .466 OPS
    May – .941 OPS
    June – .569 OPS
    July – .878 OPS
    August – .576 OPS
    September – .712 OPS

    2010:

    April – .679 OPS
    May – .808 OPS
    June – .667 OPS
    July – .952 OPS
    August – .695 OPS
    September – .962 OPS

    He is the definition of a hot and cold hitter.

  21. blake June 19th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Ibanez has been phenomenal for the Yanks this year……but in an ideal world theyd both have Gardner back and have someone younger and better taking Raul’s spot in the lineup come playoff time…..either at DH or an outfielder thatd push Swisher to DH.

  22. Rich in NJ June 19th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    You know what strikes me about Ibanez? When he is in the OF or on the bases, for a 40 year old guy his speed isn’t terrible, but during his first steps out of the batter’s box when he runs to 1B, he looks as if he is running in mud.

  23. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    MLB?@MLB

    BREAKING: Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis suspended 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance.

  24. blake June 19th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    The Phillies might as well drop back and punt.

  25. yankeefeminista June 19th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Is ibanez hot and cold or is it his home vs road splits that are affecting his numbers?

    Good to see Pineda working out with Super Healer Job; hopefully, Joba’s rehab influence rubs off.

    I am sitting about 20 feet from Ravel and the SI Yanks & about to how a sushi roll in honor of Kuroda-San. :)

  26. yankeefeminista June 19th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    *excuse iPhone misspellings

  27. Pat M. June 19th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Rich in NJ…….I don’t know how old you are, however once I hit 35 I could tell when I’d run wind sprints the first 2-3 steps were very sluggish….This was very noticeable with my cross step……Tonight when nobody is looking, get into a hitting stance, take a cut and then run 20 feet towards an imaginary 1st base……

  28. cofuzz June 19th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    blake,
    Do you mean “better” or “better looking” than Ibanez?
    My 8-year-old daughter told me yesterday, “At least this Lord Voldemort has a nose.”
    Either way, they could improve the position, but not by much without spending large on $ or prospects.

  29. cofuzz June 19th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    RMike,
    At least by those numbers we can expect two more good months out of Lord Voldemort.

  30. cofuzz June 19th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    YF,
    Have fun watching Ravel and Duran!
    Who’s pitching for SS?

    You’re right about the home/road splits with Raul too:
    HOME .926 OPS
    ROAD .603 OPS
    I’ll have to dig deeper to see if timing is also a factor there…

  31. There Will Never Be Another Mo June 19th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Good to hear about Pineda. Now the kid just needs to not eat any cheeseburgers or other fatty foods during the months of October – February.

  32. blake June 19th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    “Do you mean “better” or “better looking” than Ibanez?”

    Both ideally….only way they could downgrade in both woukd be to trade for Youkalis

  33. yankeefeminista June 19th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks, cofuzz! Encinas is pitching.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 19th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    :D

    All ye of little faith!

    GO MICHAEL PINEDA!!!!!

    ***********

    Will be joining up late – if I manage to join up.

    In case I don’t,

    GO YANKS!!!

    GO HIROKI!!!

    GO MARLINOS!!!

  35. m June 19th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Youkilis might actually thrive from a change of scenery. Playing 1B or DH’ong might help him stay healthy, too. Might be a decent pickup for a team, especially if Boston’s willing to eat a lot of the salary to move him.

  36. luis June 19th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Hello everyone!

    YF,

    Enjoy the game! and the roll! I exoect a full report on Santana! ;)

    Yank1,

    They won’t trade Pineda for a bat…That would be admitting their mistake…They would probably trade other arms though. As long as they keep the good ones, I don’t care.

    Glad to see him around, let’s hope that he comes back at full strentgh.

  37. cofuzz June 19th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    In June, Raul is 1-24 on the road, with 1 walk. The one hit was a homer.
    In June, Raul is 4-15 at home, with 2 walks and no XBH.
    He’s pretty much been putrid everywhere, although putrid-er on the road.

    I might have missed some walks in May, but I got these splits:
    In May, Raul was 10-42 on the road with 3 2B, and 1 3B for a .238 AVG and .357 SLG.
    In May, Raul was 13-41 at home with 3 2B and 6 HR for a .317 AVG and a .829 SLG.

    So when he’s hot, he’s really hot at home especially.
    When he’s not, he’s worst on the road, but pretty bad anywhere you play him.

    That said, his annual splits are typically good in July and September, so put him in your fantasy lineup during homestands for sure.

  38. cofuzz June 19th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    “Do you mean “better” or “better looking” than Ibanez?”

    Both ideally….only way they could downgrade in both woukd be to trade for Youkalis

    I said yesterday, I’d give Boston Ramiro Pena for him…just as a flier.
    I’d probably throw in John Maine if Cherington was being a shrewd negotiator.

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