Michael and I were watching tonight’s slug fest against the Phillies, which was a highly entertaining game with just about everything.
But as we focused on Pineda and how he was getting knocked around and whether it would mean he’d be sent to AAA, Michael said, “He’s not right. He’s throwing the ball differently.”
David Cone essentially said the same thing. And, as we later learned, Pineda was in pain. (Well, he called it “soreness.”) Was he overcompensating with his mechanics because of the pain in his shoulder? Or was the pain in his shoulder causing him to get knocked around? Has he been in pain throughout spring training and is that why his velocity’s been down? And what will tomorrow’s MRI reveal?
Yes, the Yankees have plenty of pitching, but all I can say about Pineda at the moment is: This is not the way it was supposed to go.
Well, now we know that Pineda’s injury is tendinitis. It could have been worse – a lot worse – but I feel sorry for the kid. He had to be hurting before he told anybody; tendinitis doesn’t come on suddenly. Hopefully, he’ll rest up while on the DL and then work things out in the minors before making his Yankee big league debut and then we’ll see the pitcher we all thought we were getting. I’m really rooting for him.