What to do when the postseason is on....and the Yankees are not playing? Well, if you are like us you do some serious digging on the Internet and start to speculate. Time to think about 2014. The Yankees have more question marks than ever. Not to add another one but....are the Michael Pineda rumors true?
Maybe. According to Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger the Yankees are cautiously optimistic that Pineda will be major league ready once Spring Training rolls around again, read that HERE. With so many uncertainties with the pitching rotation and how costly it was to bring him here, I am sure the Yankees are holding their breath and just waiting it out. I guess I can't blame them. The Yankees already missed having that extra catcher with Jesus Montero gone, and we all know he would have come in handy this year.
Despite being shut down for the rest of the season back in August, the Yankees insist he is healthy. Minor league coaches say he is on track and he his velocity is coming back. He was throwing steadily at 93mph, and he was eligible to pitch in winter ball....but the Yankees decided against that. It is probably for the best, honestly. He did log some innings in the minors this season, and the extra rest will help with the shoulder stiffness. I'm not gonna lie though, part of me wishes I could catch a glimpse of him down in the Arizona Fall League.
So instead of watching Pineda in the desert, he will stay home and rest. I guess after the season we had this year it is easy to understand why just staying healthy is the most important thing right now. With Phil Hughes most likely leaving New York, Andy Pettitte retired again, and possibly losing Hiroki Kuroda this off season it's too risky to take a gamble. So....rest up Pineda, once February hits all eyes will be on you.
--Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer and Editor
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