Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Michael Pineda Out For Season

Yankees SP Michael Pineda has an anterial labral tear in his throwing shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season. Arthroscopic surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and Pineda will likely be out for a full calendar year. The Yankees shipped their top prospect Jesus Montero to Seattle in exchange for Pineda last January, but the 23-year-old (if that's even his real age) has yet to make an appearance wearing pinstripes.

This can't look good for GM Brian Cashman. Cash didn't have the balls to go out and get Yu Darvish (who shut out the Yankees yesterday) due to his prior free agent miscues involving Japanese pitchers (Irabu, Igawa, etc). Pineda began to tire out during the second half of last season and his velocity dropped off, but Cash claims his MRI was "clean" coming into spring training. I really hope that's true, considering he shipped out his top prospect for what looks to be damaged goods.

No worries though Yankee fans. The Yanks had no depth in the rotation last year whatsoever, so I don't think this will be a problem. As long as C.C. can win 20 games and Nova can somewhat replicate last year's season, the Yanks pitching staff will be be fine.

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