Via Dan Martin: Right-hander Michael Pineda is scheduled to throw his first simulated game since shoulder surgery this coming week. “He’s continued to look good,” said VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman. “With shoulder surgeries, there are always things that slow you down, but he’s constantly been getting better and healthier. We’re still counting on him.”
Pineda, 24, has been facing hitters in live batting practice in recent weeks. He’s confident he will return as the same pitcher he was before — “I’m going to be back and I’m going to be 100% … My arm is feeling good and I’m the same pitcher I was before,” he said to Martin — but you never really know with this kind of injury until he gets back on the mound in real game situations. Pineda continues to make good progress though, and that’s all you can ask for at this point.