Pineda feeling soreness behind right shoulder
Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda reported soreness behind his right shoulder after his start on Friday, setting off injury concerns after the hurler could not complete three innings against the Phillies.
Pineda was despondent as he talked to reporters following his 2 2/3 inning outing at George M. Steinbrenner Field, in which he permitted six runs and seven hits and did not have command of his fastball.
Asked to pinpoint the area that bothered him, Pineda pointed to the back of his right shoulder.
“Today my arm is a little sore. Most of the time, it’s not,” Pineda said. “When I’m throwing, it’s a little sore. It’s normal. Sometimes every player doesn’t feel 100 percent if they play every day, you know?”
Pineda said he told the Yankees about the soreness after he was lifted from the game. He said that he had also been opening his left shoulder too much in his delivery, causing his fastball to run.
The 23-year-old Pineda has said all spring that he has been conserving his fastball, deflecting concerns about velocity readings that were lower than he showed in the first half last season with the Mariners. However, Pineda said he tried to amp his velocity on Friday and was surprised when told he had continued to sit mostly at 91 and 92 mph, topping out at 94 mph.
“I don’t know. I tried to pitch my game,” Pineda said. “I tried to throw harder today. I don’t know what was my velocity. I tried a couple of times.”
Pineda was acquired by the Yankees from Seattle with Minor League pitcher Jose Campos in January as part of a blockbuster trade that sent catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Mariners.
He expressed confidence that he can repeat his success from last year, when Pineda was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 28 starts for Seattle – including an 8-6 record with a 3.03 ERA in 18 first-half starts.
“I think I’m the same Michael Pineda,” he said. “I’ll make my adjustments and that’s it. I’m pitching, you know? I’m not worried about that. I’m the same Michael Pineda from last year.”