It will be at least two more weeks before Michael Pineda finally joins the Yankees’ starting rotation, but the 24-year-old Dominican righty is already showing legitimate signs of readiness.
Pineda allowed just one (unearned) run over 4 2/3 innings on Sunday afternoon in his minor league rehab debut with High-A Tampa. Facing the Tigers’ High-A affiliate in Lakeland, Florida, he yielded only two hits and one walk while tallying four strikeouts.
Pineda was acquired from the Mariners in January 2012 for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, but he suffered a shoulder injury that spring and underwent a major surgical procedure a few weeks later. His full rehab and recovery, assuming he suffers no setbacks, is going to wind up taking close to 14 months.
Pineda posted a cool 3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 across 171 innings with Seattle in 2011.