We’ve grown used to positive reviews during Michael Pineda’s rehab from shoulder surgery, and last night was more of the same. In his first start for Double-A Trenton, Pineda allowed two hits through six innings. Vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman was among those in attendance, and he talked to Josh Norris after the game.
“I thought he was really good,” Newman said. “I think I’ve seen every one of his rehab starts. If not, I’ve only missed one, and this was the best. The best command of the strike zone, the best secondary pitches, the most consistent delivery. I thought he was good. He’s not there yet, but it’s a step in the right direction. He’s getting closer to where I know he wants to be and we want him to be.
“His change-up has improved immensely. He threw some really good change-ups. If he can take that change-up and integrate in to his pitch usage on a regular basis, it might make him a better pitcher at the big-league level and he’ll take something out of the rehab process. He’ll take a better change-up. That would be a nice plus out of all this difficulty he’s been through.”
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