Back in May Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda told a radio station that his doctor told him he’d be ready to pitch by spring training 2013. That seemed kinda silly even back then, as most guys who have surgery to fix a torn labrum take way longer than that to come back, with some taking almost two full years.
Brian Cashman talked about Pineda yesterday and, yes, he agrees that next spring was overly-optimistic. He’s thinking the middle of next season:
“We have to keep him off our radar for now. … We’re talking June of next year … the second half of next year.”
While he may be a useful second half addition, for team-planning purposes the Yankees obviously can’t count on Pineda to be a real contributing part of the rotation before 2014, methinks.