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Video: Michael Pineda throws live batting practice

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First, my apologies for the shaky video. Hard to keep the thing steady while holding it directly above my head to see over the back of the cage. Best I could do, and apparently I wasn’t the only one who was a little jumpy this morning. Michael Pineda threw his first live batting practice of the spring, and it was neither awful nor overwhelmingly great.

“The ball was coming out really good,” catcher John Ryan Murphy said. “Sometimes he tends to cut them a little bit, but that’s usually his first few warm-ups. After he starts getting through a little better, the fastball comes out really good. His command was really good today. I don’t think he’s where he thinks he should be yet, but overall he was pretty good. … (His command) was better in the bullpen. He was just a little jumpy out there on the mound I think because he was excited and anxious about his first day out there.”

It’s important to note that not many pitchers feel their stuff is great at this point, and Pineda has moved a little slower than most. He was working pretty fast today, and Murphy said that seemed to be part of Pineda’s excitement about having hitters in the box.

“You know, you need to get ready for the game,” Pineda siad. “I’m working (during) my bullpen. Today’s my first batting practice. I’m feeling great. I’ll be ready for the game. … Pitch a pretty good game. Very impressive for those guys (on the coaching staff).”

Murphy caught Pineda last year in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he said Pineda was starting to “find his groove” late in the season. That’s part of the reason Murphy said that Pineda was not where he thinks he should be this morning.

“I just think I’ve seen him better than he was today,” Murphy said. “So I know he has high expectations for himself. But his arm feels good, he told me, and obviously (on) Day 1 that’s the goal. … He’s got the electric stuff. He’s got a chance to be a high-end guy. You can see his potential every pitch.”

Vidal Nuno· I didn’t talk to Vidal Nuno this morning, but Jorge Castillo did. Apparently Nuno said he’s starting the spring opener on Tuesday. Joe Girardi has said he’ll announce the early spring rotation this afternoon. I’d bet on David Phelps and Adam Warren being featured prominently in that announcement.

· No sign of Andrew Bailey this morning. Didn’t even see a locker with his name on it, but he’s definitely agreed to terms on a minor league deal, so he’ll probably be here in the next few days. “It would mean a lot,” Dave Robertson said. “He’s a great arm. He has a lot of experience, had some good years with Oakland and some good years with Boston until he got injured. He has a lot of experience, so any help in the bullpen is welcome.”

· Of course, worth mentioning again that Bailey isn’t expected to be ready until mid-season.

· Only saw him in passing so I didn’t have a chance to ask about it, but Tyler Austin had his right wrist wrapped in the clubhouse this morning. Yesterday he was hoping this latest setback would be a short-term thing, maybe a day or two.

· Most of the time, I hardly notice the exact drills assigned to infielders and outfielders. Today, though, the Yankees outfielders are going over “gap communication” during fielding practice. I actually think that matters quite a bit this year, given all of the new faces working together (and the fact Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury need to get some sense of just how much their range overlaps when they’re in left and center).

· It was another day with early batting practice. I think everyone who’s scheduled to pitch today did so in the morning, headlined by Pineda. Tomorrow’s early pitchers include CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Manny Banuelos.

Yoshinori Tateyama· Early morning live batting practice:
Group 1 (with Ramon Flores and Jose Pirela hitting)
Dellin Betances (to Austin Romine)
Chase Whitley (to Jose Gil)
Robert Coello (to Francisco Arcia)
Michael Pineda (to John Ryan Murphy)
Group 2 (with Corban Joseph, Adonis Garcia and Yangervis Solarte hitting)
Jose Ramirez (to Gary Sanchez)
Fred Lewis (to Francisco Cervelli)
Dan Burawa (to Pete O’Brien)
Yoshinori Tateyama (to Jose Gil)

· Bullpens:
Ivan Nova (to Brian McCann)
Bruce Billings (to Roman Rodriguez)

· Fielding drills
Group 1: Russ Canzler (1B), Corban Joseph (1B/2B), Brian Roberts (2B), Derek Jeter (SS), Scott Sizemore (3B/2B), Dean Anna (3B/SS), Zealous Wheeler (3B/2B)
Group 2: Mark Teixeira (1B), Jose Pirela (2B/3B), Yangervis Solarte (2B/3B), Brendan Ryan (SS), Eduardo Nunez (3B/SS), Kelly Johnson (3B)

· Batting practice:
Same as yesterday
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Brian Roberts, Jose Gil
Group 2: Kelly Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Cervelli
Group 3: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Brian McCann
Group 4: Corban Joseph, Yangervis Solarte, Zealous Wheeler, John Ryan Murphy
Group 5: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ichiro Suzuki, Gary Sanchez
Group 6: Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Pete O’Brien
Group 7: Tyler Austin, Antoan Richardson, Mason Williams, Austin Romine
Group 8: Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Jose Pirela, Francisco Arcia

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69 Responses to “Video: Michael Pineda throws live batting practice”

  1. Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 11:01 am

    It’s terrific to see a healthy Pineda out there, I really believe he has the potential to be a better than solid starter in New York. I’m just feeling more and more optimistic about this team every day. I give the Yankee organization an A+ on their off-season moves and they may not be done yet. Of course there are unknowns, injuries, etc., but all teams face that. A little luck goes a long way in that regard. I can’t wait until opening day!

  2. Hans Davenport February 23rd, 2014 at 11:04 am

    yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2014 at 10:20 am
    Cano had a 158 OPS+ in July.

    As far back as I can recall, including last year, he was the best there was in the major leagues at his position. But there are people that would prefer to argue about that. ;)
    He’ll be the best at 2nd base this year also.

  3. Hans Davenport February 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 am

    austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 10:13 am
    Cano had no protection last year. This year won’t be worse in that respect.

    It would be difficult to imagine Seattle’s lineup being worse then the Yankee’s in 2013.

  4. blake February 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 am

    @FakePeteGammons: #RedSox passed on Nelson Cruz because of PED bust. They prefer players who know how not to get caught using. This is Peter Gammons #Orioles

  5. Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 11:09 am

    There’s no question that Cano is the best second baseman in the game. But between the line skills are not the only criteria teams consider when faced with ponying up eight to ten years and more than $200 million dollars. He’s 31 years old, had a deserved reputation for not hustling and some questionable friendships with suspended PED users. And I suspect there were other factors that only the Yankees know about. When a Porsche has some scratches on it . . . the price comes down.

  6. Hans Davenport February 23rd, 2014 at 11:10 am

    The one refrain from opposing managers now for the last couple of years has always been: “Cano’s the one guy you worry about in that lineup.”

    Like Bernie at his peak. Really dangerous.

  7. AAA February 23rd, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Blo:

    What a load of crap you just doled out.

  8. Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 am

    That’s an intelligent retort AAA. Nothing substantive in your response is there?

  9. Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    And clearly the Yankees agree as they allowed him to leave. That’s a fact. And let’s not forget they offered him a seven-year, $175 million contract that would have been the third-highest AAV in MLB, behind A-Rod and Verlander. But that was their limit.

  10. AAA February 23rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

    That’s an intelligent retort AAA. Nothing substantive in your response is there?

    =============================

    You ask that as though there was anything substantive in your little diatribe.

  11. Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Diatribe? It’s called expressing an opinion backed up by some facts. What exactly do you take issue with?

  12. AAA February 23rd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Diatribe? It’s called expressing an opinion backed up by some facts. What exactly do you take issue with?

    ====================================

    Your use of the word “facts”

  13. UpState February 23rd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    “…It’s called expressing an opinion backed up by some facts…”

    ===============================

    These types of opinions are what we’d like – ‘backed up by facts’

    (but some cannot & will not accept these facts !!!)

  14. austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I do wish the Cano arguments would cease. He us a great player who used to play for our team. Now, he is on an opposing team.

    This is getting to the Montero stage. Don’t we know everyone’s position? Insulting him or the Yankees at this stage is pointless.

  15. Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    AAA February 23rd, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Your use of the word “facts”
    _____________________

    (opinion) I said there’s no question that Cano is the best second baseman in the game.

    (fact) But between the line skills are not the only criteria teams consider when faced with ponying up eight to ten years and more than $200 million dollars.

    (fact) He’s 31 years old.

    (fact) He had a deserved reputation for not hustling.

    (fact) He had some questionable friendships with suspended PED users.

    (opinion) I suspect there were other factors that only the Yankees know about.

  16. UpState February 23rd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Sometimes (maybe more often than some want) blatantly blind allegiance to a player is counter-balanced here with some (sometimes disturbing) truths/facts about said player.

    Sometimes – yup sometimes – blogs have opinions and counter-opinions to issues.

  17. comet February 23rd, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    If you wanted to keep Cano then you’d better state that the Yankees should have matched or bettered the Seattle offer of 10years and $240mm. If you’re not prepared to do that then the question of retaining Cano is moot.

    Cano was a great player for the Yankees. He decided to sign elsewhere. Most everyone has agreed that Seattle will regret signing Cano for that kind money and time. Why should the Yankees have done what Seattle is criticized for doing.

    Finally all the squawking in the world is not going to bring Cano back. There also is no need to cast aspersions on Cano or his character. It is what it is!

  18. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Hey, comet!

    Good to see you! Yanks on TV this week, and the Daytona 500 today are true signs of Spring!

  19. Against All Odds February 23rd, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    There also is no need to cast aspersions on Cano or his character.

    ——————

    Tar brought that up yesterday. The characters attacks have gotten a little out there not so much on here but in general.

  20. Tar February 23rd, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    (fact) you have been banned here at least once, and from other blogs multiple times.

    (fact) your behavior towards Betsy and Trish was reprehensible.

    (fact) Your handle Bloj-Aldo is offensive and and was certainly picked to be inflammatory.

    (fact) you use multiple handles and been known to have conversations with yourself.

    (opinion) I generally think your baseball opinions are weak, but I have no real issues with them. It’s your life skills that suck. You took joy and pleasure from humiliating and degrading at least two women on this blog. And for that you suck, and do not deserve to be allowed to post here.

  21. hardwired7 February 23rd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Reports described Pineda today as “a little jumpy.” I blame this on Chad and his camera work.

  22. Tar February 23rd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    “There also is no need to cast aspersions on Cano or his character.”

    You didn’t want to sign him for 10—ok

    You didn’t like the way he ran to 1b–ok

    You start the character assassination —not ok. And that kind of talk will lead to rebuttal and it goes on from there.

  23. Tar February 23rd, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    On a lighter note…CC looks great!! I really like our staff. I give credit where credit is due.

    MTU you did a great job this assembling our staff this off season :D

  24. Against All Odds February 23rd, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    MTU you did a great job this assembling our staff this off season :D

    ——————-

    He deserves a raise and some of Blake’s BBQ

  25. austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Tar,

    But, we have Roberts AND Anna for 2B. They may combine for 100 hits.

  26. BoJo February 23rd, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Tar February 23rd, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    (fact) Your handle Bloj-Aldo is offensive and and was certainly picked to be inflammatory.
    ===
    While it is probably offensive to many, I just laugh every time I see it. Makes me wonder why he is so preoccupied with continuing a feud that i have no interest in anymore. Just silly IMO.

  27. austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    MTU has not signed Diaz yet. No praise until he finishes the job. He will probably go hike instead. We may have to cut his pay.

  28. tbone1570 February 23rd, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Against All Odds February 23rd, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    MTU you did a great job this assembling our staff this off season :D

    ——————-

    He deserves a raise and some of Blake’s BBQ

    ***************************

    Blake won’t surrender the BBQ until MTU signs Drew!

  29. Hans Davenport February 23rd, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Anyone that has the time and is interested in joining a Yahoo Fantasy baseball league, here is the invitation link.

    http://y.ahoo.it/gB4QLQAP

    Called the Mickey Mantle League. ;) (Favorite Player as a youngster.)

    Has customized Bill James type scoring, live draft, two divisions, and all here are welcome to join. Thanks. :)

  30. Against All Odds February 23rd, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Blake won’t surrender the BBQ until MTU signs Drew!

    ———————-

    Well then there has to be a compromise. I would say let’s settle on Nunie instead of Drew but then Blake would go postal lol

  31. pat February 23rd, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    History_MLB
    #mlblegends pic.twitter.com/3aAFI1APhS

  32. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Jack Curry ?@JackCurryYES 11m
    Nuno will start vs Florida State on Tuesday. Nova will start vs Pirates on Wed.
    ____

  33. pat February 23rd, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    darrenrovell
    The bat shard that Roger Clemens hurled at Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series sold for $47,800 tonight

  34. tbone1570 February 23rd, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Against All Odds February 23rd, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Well then there has to be a compromise. I would say let’s settle on Nunie instead of Drew but then Blake would go postal lol

    ***************************

    I don’t know, Nunie over Drew might cause all of lohud to lose their appetite! :)

  35. bbb51 February 23rd, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    darrenrovell
    The bat shard that Roger Clemens hurled in the general vicinity of Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series sold for $47,800 tonight

    fixed that

  36. UpState February 23rd, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 11:09 am
    There’s no question that Cano is the best second baseman in the game. But between the line skills are not the only criteria teams consider when faced with ponying up eight to ten years and more than $200 million dollars. He’s 31 years old, had a deserved reputation for not hustling and some questionable friendships with suspended PED users. And I suspect there were other factors that only the Yankees know about. When a Porsche has some scratches on it . . . the price comes down.
    ===========================

    This is what’s causing concern ?

    Sounds pretty fair & accurate.

    Honestly dont know what his S/N means; something like that Jango movie that was just out ?

    If he/she had an older S/N and they were mean to somebody….everything that I’ve seen is pretty accurate & non-inflammatory.

    I dont see an issue.

    What am I missing ?

  37. BoJo February 23rd, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Since it is reported that Nunez worked out this winter with Cano, I expect him to put up big offensive numbers this year…until he is busted for PEDs.

  38. Revenge of Stoneburner February 23rd, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    MTU has not signed Diaz yet. No praise until he finishes the job. He will probably go hike instead. We may have to cut his pay.

    ******

    MTU really does deserve a bunch of credit and props – especially through the whole Tanaka and 189 crumbling ordeal. I hope they sign Diaz tomorrow, not just to improve MIF depth, but for MTU – he deserves it. If there is a such a thing as MVP fan of the offseason, he should get it!!!!

  39. austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Upstate,

    I don’t get the name issue either. Maybe I’m slow.

  40. Revenge of Stoneburner February 23rd, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    BoJo February 23rd, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    Since it is reported that Nunez worked out this winter with Cano, I expect him to put up big offensive numbers this year…until he is busted for PEDs.

    *****

    idk – were Melky, Montero, and the spokeswoman for Cano’s charity there too?

  41. austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    MTU has been our most optimistic poster, no doubt. Like he would say to Hal, MTU finish the job. He has been pulling for another starter. Not happening.

  42. UpState February 23rd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    Upstate,

    I don’t get the name issue either. Maybe I’m slow.
    ===========================

    We’d make a good race…maybe not Olympian-level….but painstakingly even !

  43. Revenge of Stoneburner February 23rd, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    Upstate,

    I don’t get the name issue either. Maybe I’m slow.

    *****

    Please add me to the list. I know for sure I am slow in catching on.

  44. Hans Davenport February 23rd, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    Tar,

    But, we have Roberts AND Anna for 2B. They may combine for 100 hits.

    Who cares? I personally don’t care if they ever reach 1st base, as long as they run as hard as they possibly can every single time they make a meaningless out.

  45. UpState February 23rd, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Revenge of Stoneburner February 23rd, 2014 at 1:27 pm
    austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    Upstate,

    I don’t get the name issue either. Maybe I’m slow.

    *****

    Please add me to the list. I know for sure I am slow in catching on.
    ===================

    We’ll be stopping to rest just a bit further….we’ll happily rest & wait for you !

    You bringing GatorAde ?

  46. Against All Odds February 23rd, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Blo as in a bj. Apparently it’s directed toward Bojo

  47. Tar February 23rd, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Mac and upstate

    I said my piece and really don’t want to get into anymore but…Bloj-Aldo is WCYF. He is a poster with an awful history, not only on this blog, but other blogs as well.

    His name is a really juvenile attempt to insult both Bojo and Aldo. But if you goggle the bloj part… you will see why it shouldn’t be allowed here.

    There is no remorse, no repentance just continued low-life activity.

  48. Tar February 23rd, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    “But, we have Roberts AND Anna for 2B. They may combine for 100 hits.

    —-

    Who cares? I personally don’t care if they ever reach 1st base, as long as they run as hard as they possibly can every single time they make a meaningless out.”

    —-
    Ok now this was really funny. :D

  49. Shame Spencer February 23rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    Gardner on verge of signing 4-year, $52 million deal w/ Yankees. Includes 5th year club option for $12.5M or $2M buyout. Deal starts in 2015

    —————–

    Shhhhhhh don’t tell Bret…

  50. Hankflorida February 23rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Pat M. February 23rd, 2014 at 2:18 am
    Yanks are hoping that Ellsbury is going to swipe 50 bases, hit .300, score 115 runs, dial long 25 times and offer them a gold glove quality leather in center

    If you look at Damon’s power numbers, he did it 20 home runs with Boston and then went back to 10 long balls the following year. When he got to the Yankees, he did do 24 proving that the Stadium is friendlier for fly balls to right just out of reach of the glove. Cashman has to see Ellsbury in that light and convinced Hal that Ellsbury will give the Yankees Cano power numbers. Ellsbury is more like Damon or Granderson coming to the Yankees then Brady Anderson having that suspicious one year of power.

  51. tbone1570 February 23rd, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Shame Spencer February 23rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    Gardner on verge of signing 4-year, $52 million deal w/ Yankees. Includes 5th year club option for $12.5M or $2M buyout. Deal starts in 2015

    —————–

    Shhhhhhh don’t tell Bret…

    ***************************

    or joeman….

  52. kd February 23rd, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    curious deal by the yankees. they just took an inexpensive trade chip and made him pretty hard to trade. guess they want outfield defense moving forward. or they just don’t believe that jacoby can stay healthy

  53. austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Tar,

    Learn something every day. I do remember WCYF, but I never figure out multiple identities. I say enough stupid things with just one.

  54. Blojaldo February 23rd, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I actually liked Cano when he was a Yankee, aside from the lack of hustle which I didn’t care for. And I acknowledged that I thought he is the best second baseman in baseball. I don’t think any of my comments have been gratuitous attacks or without some merit and he is certainly still of current interest just as Montero is and will be for some time.

    I suppose my assessment of Cano could better be described as disappointed. As in not living up to his potential in pinstripes. With his mad baseball skills he could have been a Yankee icon, a lifer, someone who might have had a plaque someday in Monument Park. That’s his right not to value that of course but I think loyalty and revering the Yankees brand is something meaningful to many fans as well as players.

  55. Against All Odds February 23rd, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    or joeman….

    —————

    Damn beat me to it

  56. austinmac February 23rd, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Kd,

    It may say more about how they see Heathcott and Williams. It’s not a bad contract when compared to many others.

  57. Shame Spencer February 23rd, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Or Pat M. for that matter…

  58. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    4-YEAR, $52 Million extension for Gardner almost done.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

  59. Tar February 23rd, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Mac

    JF is the one who mentioned it to me.

  60. Shame Spencer February 23rd, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    :arrow:

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    I think we may have a lot of good options for rotation. Pineda would be a solid #5 and is capable of being a #2 or #3 once he gets innings under his belt. I think Banuelos is someone to watch as well. He has great upside.

    Bailey move could pay dividends. Hope Bailey is ready by mid season.

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