Injury Updates: Pineda, Campos, Cabral

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Got some injury updates, courtesy of Chad Jennings

  • Michael Pineda (shoulder) is still throwing off flat ground from “extended distances” according to VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman. He’s been throwing off flat ground for more than a month now is still on target to return sometime in May or June.
  • Jose Campos (elbow) is currently throwing off a mound and is expected to ready in time for Spring Training after missing almost the entire 2012 season. “The doctors say he’s healthy. We’re going to proceed based on that recommendation,” said Newman, who confirmed Campos will begin the season back with Low-A Charleston.
  • Cesar Cabral (elbow) is basically doing the same thing as Pineda right now, throwing off flat ground from “extended distances.” The Yankees plan to keep the 2011 Rule 5 Draft pick next year, but Newman said he’s unlikely to return until May. Cabral has to spend at least 90 days on the active 25-man roster next season to satisfy the Rule 5 Draft rules.

Newman also confirmed to Jennings that top prospect Mason Williams (shoulder) has resumed swinging a bat in Tampa. He had surgery in August and was recently cleared to begin workouts. Sounds like he’ll be ready to go once camp starts.

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  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    I can’t help but worry that Campos is gonna end up like Banuelos, shut down for an extended period of time only to end up needing TJS. No evidence that’s gonna happen, just it seems odd that a non surgical injury should take 6+ months to heal.

    • Joops

      I thought Campos already had TJS, and he’s coming back from that, am I mistaken?

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        I thought he just had elbow tendonitis or something like that. I could be wrong though.

      • Mike Axisa

        I think they called it a bone bruise.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

          I Thought that Banuelos had the “bone bruise”

          • Mike Axisa

            I could be getting them mixed up, I forget.

            • NYinTX

              I think both were supposed to have bone bruises.

              • 777

                Bone Bruises for Everyone!!!!!!!!

                • RetroRob

                  This entire converstation scares me.

                  I’m convinced Campos is heading ofr TJS at some point in 2013.

                  • Rick

                    Took some of the Latin medication, ARod had some left over. He’s good to go.

    • jb

      Agree. Will shut him down in July for surgery. Weatherman > Greater degree of certainty than Yankee team doctors.

    • vin

      I’m totally with you on this. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to that, but it’s eerily familiar.

    • Ed

      I got the impression it was a Gardner type situation. Rehabbed for a while, started throw again after a few months, reinjured himself. Similar to Banuelos, but the second injury wasn’t as serious.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Do we know when Pineda will begin throwing off a mound? Would it be good to start him prior to pitchers and catchers reporting? Also, why is it that EVERYONE RECEIVED IN THE MONTERO TRADE HAS BEEN LESS PRODUCTIVE THAN BRANDON LAIRD???

    • Nick

      If i had to guess, I’d say it has something to do with the fact that they were hurt……

      A better question might be ” why is it that everyone DEALT in the montero trade has been less productive than brandon laird???”

    • TCMiller30


      Relax people. These guys are young. Young guys heal.

    • Gerald Williams

      Pineda will be awesome eventually. We’ll have our young ace soon enough.

  • Drew

    Well now that Morales is the Mariners new DH, Jesus might be available….Cashman pick up the phone!


    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Unless they’re gonna play Morales at 1B, that trade makes no sense. They’re kidding themselves if they think Montero can play more than 20-30 games catching.

    • dkidd

      boone logan for a smoak-type bat!!!!!!!!

  • endlessjose

    Mariners are so cheap,they have three mega pitching prspects in AA/AAA that could land them a Justin Upton type hitter and again they refuse to try to win a go for it like the Jays and Royals are doing.

    They again get a cheap hitter who doesn’t make them better in a tough division.If they want to keep Felix they need nto show they have a contender.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Emptying the farm for Justin Upton doesn’t make them a contender either.

      • Rivera Venue Blues

        ^This. Especially with where the Angels and Rangers are in relation to them, their best bet is to wait until those prospects mature a little more and hope to trot out a sick rotation with Felix still there and supplement them with a good enough offense.

        • ahinds

          oakland won the division

          • Rivera Venue Blues

            Well aware but IMO the Angels and Rangers are better setup for the next couple years based on their current talent and financial resources.

    • Laz

      I’d rather have the mega pitching prospects than Upton. Those guys have a lot of potential, and if they turn out they will have a very good rotation.

  • Miked

    Pineda is never going to throw a pitch for us

    • jjyank

      Yay crystal balls!

      • Miked

        I didn’t realize he had crystal balls, I was just worried about his arm.

        • Gerald Williams

          I hope he becomes what he was again. I have faith. Plus Montero was fairly shitty last year and can’t catch He’s not what we all dreamed he would be. I think Pineda will pleasantly surprise us by 2014.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t care if he throws a pitch for us. I care if he throws for the NY Yankees, which he will.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Does Cabral have to be on the active 25 man but NOT on the DL? What if he DL’s the entire season? If he’s in recovery, put him on the 25 for April-May-June…

    • Laz

      Cabral should be ready. If they want to keep him they need to put him on the 25 man eventually.

  • Rich in NJ

    Get well soon. 2014 NYY baseball depends probably on it.

    • Rich in NJ

      or probably depends…

    • Miked

      I just hope Pineda doesn’t offer to drive any other players to the stadium.

      • Rich in NJ

        He should probably get a place in the Bronx next to a subway stop.

  • Willballs

    Trade granderson now to mariners for either two top prospects or montero! Do it cash!

    • Laz

      rather the 2 top prospects. People are discovering that Montero can’t hit rhp.

      • Rich in NJ

        Those people haven’t looked at his mL stats:

        AAA 2010 v. R: .288 .345 .513
        AA 2009 v. R: .321 .378 .550

        • RetroRob

          I could hit in Little League, too.

          • Rich in NJ

            But apparently you can’t evaluate talent.

            • RetroRob

              You’re the one who brought up his minor league stats, but also left out the most recent, and relevant data. Last two years, minors and majors against RHers:

              2011 AAA: .273 .330 .398
              2012 MLB: .260 .298 .386

              The fact that his numbers against RHers collapsed his second year in AAA is not a good sign. They should have improved. It continued in the majors. Anyone watching him last year can see the problems he has with RHers, even mediocre RHers.

              I believe he’ll figure it out, but I’m not positive.

  • BigBSArteest

    With all that extra time in Tampa, just wondering how Pineda’s Titty Bar etiquette is coming along?