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35 Michael Pineda SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/260 | Birthdate: 1/18/1989 | Birthplace: Yaguate, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Salary: $528,475 | Owned/Started%: 88/66 | Average Draft Position: 148.99
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Rothschild: Yankees pondering using a sixth starter in April and May


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Wednesday the team is considering using a sixth starter at times in April and May to help reduce a potential early strain on their rotation, per MLB.com. The Yankees have a stretch of 30 games in 31 days beginning April 17.

"It's a result of some of the stuff that's gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere," Rothschild said. "We're aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren't going to be able to throw a lot, we're going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can."

CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Capuano are expected to make up the team's five-man rotation. However, Tanaka, Sabathia and Pineda were all injured last season, as the Yankees used 13 starting pitchers.

Bryan MitchellEsmil RogersAdam Warren and Chase Whitley are some of the other pitchers that will be stretched out this spring.

"It'd be nice to go through a season with five starters, but there's a good chance we're not going to," Rothschild said. "There's a good chance every team in baseball won't, so it doesn't hurt to see who might fit in as a sixth starter."


Yankees SP Michael Pineda: 'I want to be ready for 200 innings'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said starting pitcher Michael Pineda is past the pine-tar incident that led to a 10-game suspension in 2014. Pineda was suspended after he was caught with pine tar on his neck during an April 23 start at Boston.

“There’s no excuses − it was a mistake and we were all involved and I think he’s learned,” Rothschild said Thursday, per the New York Daily News. “He didn’t need it at the end (of the season) and I haven’t seen where he’s even thought about it.”

Aside from the suspension, Pineda also missed a great deal of time in 2014 due to injury. Injuries have plagued Pineda in his young MLB career. He missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to a shoulder injury and has made just 13 starts since making 28 as a rookie in 2011 with the Mariners.

"I want to be healthy and strong,” Pineda said. “I want to be ready for 200 innings."

While Pineda has the potential to be one of the Yankees' top starting pitchers, Rothschild said it is up to the right-hander to show he can be a top arm in the rotation.

“I can say what I think but it doesn’t matter -- he’s going to have to prove it," Rothschild said. "If he picks up where he left off last year, we’ll obviously be really happy. You can’t expect him to be perfect all the time. It’s a long season. As long as he can grind his way through it -- stay healthy is the biggest thing and you’re going to hear me say that a lot this year, unfortunately.

“It’d be nice to have him for a full year and make sure he’s completely over the hump because shoulders, you just never know about. So far, knock on wood, he’s handled it pretty well.”


Yankees avoid arbitration with SP Michael Pineda


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda avoided arbitration, settling on a one-year contract worth $2.1 million for next season, the Journal News reports Friday. 

Pineda went 5-5 with a 1.89 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 59:7 K:BB ratio over 76 1/3 innings last season. He was suspended 10 games for his use of pine tar on the mound, and sustained a shoulder injury upon his return, which limited him to 13 starts.


Michael Pineda spins 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got back on track with a gem Monday night at home against Baltimore, improving to 4-5 on the year. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out eight over 7 1/3 scoreless innings of a 5-0 victory.

Pineda owns a 1.93 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 12 starts (70 innings). He will look to end the season at .500 on Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston.


Michael Pineda strikes out five in loss vs. Rays Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda took a loss Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Rays.

Pineda (3-5) tossed four scoreless innings before the Rays broke through with a run on an error in the fifth. The second run against the starter came on a bunt single in the sixth with runners on the corners. Pineda owns a 2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 41:6 K:BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Monday.


Michael Pineda settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda wasn't a factor into the decision Thursday night at home against the Rays. He allowed four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out two over 7 1/3 innings of a 5-4 win.

Over his last three starts covering 20 1/3 innings, Pineda has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.20 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 10 starts (57 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Michael Pineda can't pull out the win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda turned in a fantastic start Friday against the Royals.

Pineda allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. His only run of the game was unearned. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the outing. Pineda allowed his only run in the third inning. After Alcides Escobar reached second on a throwing error, Pineda gave up a run-scoring single to Norichika Aoki. Pineda was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. 

The Yankees couldn’t get anything going against James Shields. Because of that, Pineda was saddled with the loss. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.


Offense lets Michael Pineda down in loss No. 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw the ball well Saturday, but got little help in a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays.

Pineda tossed his third straight quality start, but had nothing to show for it as his offense was shut out. He limited the Blue Jays to just two runs in the first inning, eventually tossing six solid innings and scattering seven hits. He did not walk any batters, while striking out three in the loss.

Pineda fell to 3-3 in his eight starts, despite holding a 2.09 ERA in 43 innings of work. He is scheduled to take on the Royals in his next start, set for Friday.  


Michael Pineda turns in a strong start against Kansas City


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda turned in a strong start Monday against the Royals.

Pineda allowed one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Pineda gave up singles to lead off both the first and second innings, but managed to pitch his way out of trouble. That wasn’t the case in the third. The leadoff hitter got to Pineda once again, as Mike Moustakas belted a solo home run to start off the inning. Pineda was again able to settle, and did not give up another hit until the sixth inning. Pineda was pulled after throwing 96 pitches.

With the win, Pineda improved to 3-2. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start.


Michael Pineda can't win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda tossed a strong start Wednesday against the Rays. 

Pineda allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. Pineda was able to get through the first three innings without giving up a hit or a walk. That wasn’t the case in the fourth. Robbie Grossman started off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on a sac bunt. With two outs, Dexter Fowler hit a run-scoring double. Pineda was able to get through the rest of the inning without giving up any more runs. Pineda came out to start the seventh inning, but was pulled after issuing a walk. That run would come around to score, and was charged to Pineda. He threw 89 pitches.

The Astros managed to mount a comeback, giving him a no-decision. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Michael Pineda back to Fantasy relvance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2014) While you would have liked to see Michael Pineda go more than five innings in his first start back from a shoulder injury, the early hook wasn't for a lack of efficiency. He threw only 67 pitches in those five innings.

In other words, he was the same pitcher he's been in between shoulder injuries throughout his career, avoiding hard contact with an impressive fastball/slider combo and throwing both for strikes. He has just three walks compared to 19 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings this season.

So basically, everything that made him a sleeper coming into the season -- and that he made good on before the injury -- still applies. He may not throw as hard as he did as a rookie with the Mariners three years ago, but he throws plenty hard enough to succeed.

He ranks up there with Jimmy Nelson for me -- maybe higher in Rotisserie leagues.


Michael Pineda solid over five innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda tossed five solid innings Wednesday against the Orioles.

Pineda allowed one run on two hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. The only blemish against Pineda came in his final inning of work. After giving up two hits, Pineda allowed a run to score on a sac fly. He was pulled after throwing just 67 pitches. Pineda left the game in line for a win, but the Yankees couldn't hold on. He did not factor into the decision. Pineda's next start will come against the Astros.


Michael Pineda activated for start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been activated in anticipation of Wednesday's start.

Pineda had been on the 60-day disabled list due to shoulder trouble, but is ready to return. The club announced Pineda's start a few days ago, so his activation off the DL shouldn't come as a surprise. Over four starts, Pineda has a 1.83 ERA. 


Yankees announce rotation after rainout, skip Hiroki Kuroda


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) The Yankees will skip Hiroki Kuroda's next turn in the rotatio in order to give the pitcher some extra rest.

In the wake of Tuesday's postponement, the team announced that Michael Pineda would remain Wednesday's scheduled starter, with Brandon McCarthy due to pitch Friday, Shane Greene set for Saturday and Chris Capuano, who drew the start Monday, getting the call Sunday.


Michael Pineda back with Yankees for Wednesday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) What was anticipated has been confirmed - right-hander Michael Pineda is set to start for the Yankees on Wednesday night in Baltimore.

Pineda, who has proclaimed himself ready to return to the rotation, was sidelined after four starts this season with shoulder inflammation. He opened the year on a mini-roll with four runs allowed in 19 1/3 innings.


Michael Pineda: I'm ready to pitch again for Yankees


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) A strong outing Friday night for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre had right-hander Michael Pineda proclaiming his readiness to rejoin the Yankees rotation, per MLB.com. 

Pineda yielded just one run on six hits in 4 2/3 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. That outing came on the heels of a previous appearance in which he hurled 3 1/3 shutout innings.


Michael Pineda set to start for Scranton on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Rehabbing right-hander Michael Pineda has told ESPN that he will throw 80 pitches in a start Friday for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. It could prove to be his final rehab outing before he rejoins the Yankees.

Pineda has been out since April 23 with a shoulder injury.


Cashman: Michael Pineda will not start Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman shot down the idea that pitcher Michael Pineda could make his return in a spot start Friday against the Indians, as he told the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

Pineda, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury, has only been stretched out to throw 58 pitches in his rehab assignment so far. As a result, Cashman is not considering him for that start. However, Pineda could be a candidate beyond that, assuming he continues to progress through the assignment without any issues. 

Pineda has been out  since late April as a result of shoulder inflammation.  


Michael Pineda an option to start Friday?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday he doesn't think starting pitcher Michael Pineda (shoulder) has been stretched out enough to take David Phelps' turn in the rotation Friday against the Indians. However, he said the team will talk about starting Pineda, who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his first rehab start Sunday.

Michael Pineda works scoreless rehab outing Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Sunday, giving up three hits and a walk in 3 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out four.

"He threw the ball pretty well," manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com. "We're pleased with the progress that he's making and we'll take another step."

Pineda threw 58 pitches Sunday, and he's scheduled to throw 75 pitches in his next rehab start Friday. After one more start, in which he's scheduled to throw 90 pitches, Pineda could be ready to rejoin the major-league rotation. He hasn't pitched since April while dealing with shoulder inflammation.


Michael Pineda likely needs three rehab starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (shoulder), who will start a rehab assignment Sunday, is expected to need at least three starts in the minors before coming off the disabled list, according to LoHud.com.

Michael Pineda to begin rehab assignment Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Sunday.

Michael Pineda ready to roll into rehab start Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is set to make a rehab start Sunday, though his destination has yet to be determined.

Pineda, who threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, has been out with a shoulder injury since late April. His minor league rehab is expected to last about a month.

"I think you've got to get him to where he can go 90 pitches, and you feel good abot it (and) where he's not fatiguing," Joe Girardi told the New York Daily News. "I think if you get there, then he's a guy you think about."

Pineda compiled a 2-2 record and 1.83 ERA in four starts before a 10-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his use of pine tar on the mound. He sustained the injury upon his return.


Michael Pineda throws 45 pitches in simulated game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

Pineda is set to begin a rehab assignment Sunday, and he'll be activated at some point in the following 30 days if he doesn't suffer a setback and have to come off assignment. He has been sidelined since April 23 due to shoulder inflammation.


Michael Pineda will get some game action Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday, according to the Journal News on Monday.

Pineda is expected to get stretched out in the minors before rejoining the team. Girardi is not concerned about the amount of reps he'll need before he is reinstated.

"As long as he feels good and is throwing the ball well, there'd be no reason not to bring him back," Girardi said. "It's the same as spring training. You build them up, when they're ready to go, you send them."