I watched Pineda’s two innings against the Phillies today, and he’s quite a presence on the mound. Not CC big, but big. He said (or the Yankees said) that he came to camp 10 pounds heavier than his normal weight, so I assume he’ll be a bit trimmer by Opening Day. Even if he drops the weight, he’ll still be a commanding young guy.
He’s building up arm strength, so it was tough to tell just how fast his fastball will be, but it looked good from where I was sitting at my computer, supposedly working but instead glued to MLB.TV. What I hope is that his fastball has movement so that we’re not just talking about a Kyle Farnsworth-type pitcher who throws hard but straight. I liked that he tossed in some changeups, since that’s the pitch everybody is saying he needs to use.
What else was newsworthy about today’s game? The injury to Nuneee. Fortunately, his hand isn’t broken, and he should be okay once the bruise/contusion/whatever is healed. I’d hate to think I jinxed him with my post the other day. (Sorry, Nuneee.)