3/2 wrap: Pineda expects to win rotation spot

Michael PinedaWhat we learned: Michael Pineda is reclaiming his nasty stuff. He shattered Zoilo Almonte’s bat with a hard inside fastball in live batting practice, and Scott Sizemore estimated that Pineda was throwing in the low-to-mid 90’s. He’ll get to pitch in a game for the first time on Friday against the Tigers. The Yankees would love to start getting some returns from that trade, so if Pineda shows anything approaching the form he had with Seattle in 2011, David Phelps and Adam Warren might fall out of the lead for the No. 5 rotation spot.

“I want to be on the Yankees right away,” Pineda said. “I don’t want to go to Triple-A. But I don’t have control of the situation, you know? I want to be ready to go.”

What we wrote:

They said it: He looks great. He’s out there, he’s throwing the ball with authority, he’s competitive. He’s commanding the fastball to both sides of the plate. His fastball, his changeup and his slider look really good. I was really impressed. He looks really smooth, he looks really comfortable.” - Yankees catcher Peter O’Brien, on Michael Pineda.

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