Results tagged ‘ Michael Pineda ’
On Michael Pineda:
Host/Jeff Joyce: “What is his status and is he a guy you are expecting or hopeful that will be healthy for you this season?”
Larry Rothschild: “With elbows it is a lot more predictable and you can expect. With shoulders, really, I think you take him off the radar screen, bring him back as the injury allows. But I don’t think we can count on him for next year at all. And hopefully he comes back and it’s a great addition but if you count on him and think he’s going to be back by a certain point you have a pretty high percentage of being disappointed with that. So I think you’re better off just approaching it that he’s not going to be back next year. And if things go right – and he certainly could come back and be able to pitch, I wouldn’t doubt that at all – but for us to count on him, I think, would be a mistake.”
On Mariano Rivera:
Rothschild: “At the very end of the season I didn’t even think about it. I thought for sure he’s coming back because of the rehab he’s done and everything he’s done leading up right until the very end of the season. Really, when I got home I heard that now there’s talk that he may not come back and may retire. But I don’t know. I would bet anything that he’s coming back. But I have not talked to him. I’ve kind of left him on his own because I think it’s a decision he has to make. I will probably talk to him in the next week or 10 days or so. But there are no parameters. Cash will handle that part of it as far as when he’s going to come back, when the decision is made if he’s not, and we’ll go from there.”
On CC Sabathia:
Joyce: “Has there been talk about lightening the load a little bit during the regular season based on the load that he’s taken on over the last five, six, seven years?”
Rothschild: “Yeah, Joe and I talked about it even going back to last year. This year we talked about it even more. Not only lightening the load but the pitch total during the game because he’s a guy that almost thrives on working the pitch totals and when he doesn’t have them it has an effect leading into the next start. Unlike a lot of guys where if they get a little more rest they’re more effective, he works more and throws more pitches he seems to get on rolls a lot quicker. And what happened, I think, part of this year is he didn’t do it. We didn’t let him get to that point. And then with the groin at one point and the elbow at the other we just never got to that point until towards the end and then he got on another roll when he did throw the pitches. So it’s kind of a Catch-22 with him. We do have to watch it and we’re going to probably have to watch a few guys on this staff. We’re aware of it and back off. When he had a chance to pitch with extra rest we did that. In the past he would pitch on the fifth day almost all the time.”
On Hiroki Kuroda:
Host/Jim Duquette: “Do you think there’s a high percentage chance he comes back to you guys?”
Rothschild: “I think there’s a high percentage chance that if he plays in the States he plays with the Yankees. I think he enjoyed the experience. I think his decision, to some degree, is going to be: Is this the year for him to go back to Japan? He feels like he has a debt to the team in Japan that he played for, that he would like to pitch, I think, another year for them before he retires. Whenever that comes about I think when he thinks he’s ready to do that that’s what he’s going to do. And if he’s not then I think we have a good chance to re-sign him and he’ll play for us or, you know, possibly the Dodgers. I don’t know. But I know he enjoyed New York and I think if he’s going to play in the States we’re going to have a pretty good shot at bringing him back.”
On Andy Pettitte:
Duquette: “Do you think he wants to come back to the Yanks?”
Rothschild: “Yeah, I do. But I think it’s a decision that when you get home, at the end of the year I would have told you, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ And now I think he still will but, you know, you just don’t know at this time of year. I think it is his decision again and he’ll sit down with the family and I think the family is pretty much on board with it so, yeah, I think the fires are still there. It was a freak thing, getting hit with the ball and the fracture of the bone this year. Can he hold up for 36 starts? I’m more comfortable thinking a little bit less than that. … I think effectively, if we’re smart about it, he’s going to be more effective with a few less starts than trying to push it through to 32 or 35, whatever it might be, and keep him fresher as long as we can.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman:
“In no way do I believe, or do the New York Yankees believe, that the Seattle Mariners had any knowledge of any issues here with Michael Pineda prior to the trade or anything of that nature. He was a fully healthy player we acquired. We had full access to his medicals, which were clean.
“We had the opportunity to do a full physical exam, which we did, which came out clean. Michael has never had a shoulder issue nor has he complained of one with the Mariners, nor has he ever had any tests on the shoulder with the Mariners. This is just an unfortunate circumstance that can happen. It happened.”
Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with an anterior labral tear of his right shoulder and is scheduled to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.
Pineda will have a labral repair procedure performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure, assisted by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Pineda is expected to miss a full calendar year. He could be back on a big league mound in May 2013.
Cashman said that in no way does he believe the Yankees received damaged goods from the Mariners, calling Pineda a “fully healthy” player at the time of the January trade.
The Michael Pineda saga has taken a strange turn, as the right-hander will be sent for a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek tomorrow in New York.
Pineda did have a dye contrast MRI today at the direction of Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and the team is not ready to reveal those results. Presumably, Ahmad and Altchek will confer before an official announcement is made.
Joe Girardi said that Pineda’s agent oddly asked for a second opinion from Altchek, the Mets team physician, even before Ahmad gave the first opinion.
It seems fair to mention that none of this necessarily adds up to great news, whatever the diagnosis may be. Girardi said that the situation is “disappointing” and that the Yankees are proceeding as though they won’t have Pineda for a sizable amount of time.
“It’s not what you want,” Girardi said. “We thought we were going to get a power pitcher that pitched very well and we believed had a very huge upside. Right now, we don’t have him, and right now I can’t tell you when we’re going to get him back.”
The Yankees received discouraging news from Tampa, as right-hander Michael Pineda felt discomfort behind his right shoulder and had to cut his Extended Spring Training outing short after just 15 pitches.
Pineda will see a physician on Monday in Tampa, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there is no timetable for Pineda’s return.
“I can’t tell you when we’re going to get him now,” Girardi said.