Pineda drops 20 pounds, could help Yanks in June

Michael PinedaThere’s a little bit less of Michael Pineda in Yankees camp this spring. He said that he weighed in at 260 pounds, down from 280 a year ago, and that his rehab is going well.

“Everything is doing well. Everything has been good,” Pineda said. “I’m feeling very excited, I’m feeling good. My shoulder is stronger right now.”

Pineda just started throwing off a full mound and is not expected to pitch in a game this spring, but he’ll start facing hitters next month under controlled conditions. The best case scenario that the Yankees are tossing out is that Pineda could be a realistic big league option in June.

“He’s had no setbacks, he’s worked hard and it’s a very serious surgery he’s coming back from,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters. “No guarantees, but so far we’re cautiously optimistic.”

Pineda said that he is confident that he will be able to return as the same power pitcher he was with the Mariners and regrets showing up out of shape for his first spring as a Yankee.

“I won’t make this mistake anymore,” he said.

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