Cashman confirms Pineda hit mid-90s in Extended Spring Training outing

David Robertson day-to-day with hamstring issue
Thursday Night Open Thread

During a conference call this afternoon, Brian Cashman confirmed rehabbing right-hander Michael Pineda showed mid-90s velocity during an Extended Spring Training game today. “He pitched at 93 and was up to 95,” said the GM. “A good physical day.”

Two important pieces of news here: One, Pineda is pitching in actual games. ExST doesn’t start his official 30-day rehab window, but it shows he’s graduated from live batting practice and simulated games to real live games. Two, holy crap velocity. Pineda is one year and one day out from shoulder surgery, and he’s showing similar heat to the 94.2 mph he averaged with the Mariners in 2011. Overwhelmingly good news even if his return is nowhere close to imminent.

David Robertson day-to-day with hamstring issue
Thursday Night Open Thread
  • Robinson Tilapia

    And I now have a massive boner.

    • jsbrendog



    • True Pinstriped Blue

      Don’t worry “Troll” will be by shortly to bitch slap you back to reality.

      • jjyank

        I’m sure he’d like to think so.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        And I’ll be here to ignore it.

    • thenamestsam

      Is it sad that I was going to post almost exactly the same thing before I decided we didn’t need multiple boner-related posts in one thread? It’s sad right? Yeah, definitely sad.

    • JLC 776

      This is great news!

      I mean, the velocity, not the boner. The velocity. Yeah.

  • KingFelix

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Travis L.

      Please tell me this isn’t a reply fail to the comment made by Tilapia.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah, KingFelix. No boner-viewing for you.

        • The Real Me

          Maybe it’s worth the wait. Pineda, not the boner-viewing.

      • Strat

        I thought the same same thing. Almost coughed up a sip of water when I read it, and then thought… Oh, it’s not a reply.

        • Travis L.

          It was a poorly timed comment…he should have stuck around and waited for a couple more to post before saying that.

      • manny

        HA! i was thinking the same thing you just said.

      • trr


      • jjyank

        Haha, well played sir.

  • Bill

    seems too good to be true, and if Campos is still only 90% and striking out 7 in 3 innings the Yankees might end up winning this deal in the end. Especially Montero seems lost at the plate

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      Seattle is super boring.

  • JW

    Time for a new article, Mike: “Michael Pineda and (hopefully) rational optimism” . . .

  • LK

    Yeah so this is awesome.

  • BeanTooth

    It’s the last item in a list of injury updates on LoHud. Talk about burying your lead.

  • Stratman9652

    As long as he stays away from trampolines he should be fine.

  • Logan

    I don’t trust XST gun readings…want jobs hitting 100 last year on his way back from the ankle, and then when he got to NY, it was low 90’s?

    Like someone else said, I’ll believe it when I see it (both the velocity and the boner

    • Govin

      If memory serve correct Joba did only throw in the low nineties his first game back, but that was because the hill was wet. I believe he threw harder in subsequent games.

    • Greg

      yeah, that low 90s outing was clearly an isolated incident. Joba’s velocity always varies pretty significantly from game to game, which is not unusual for relievers.

      I don’t know that I’d write off WST radar guns as a whole based on that.

      • Havok9120

        But it lets him not believe any positive news.

        After all, nobody likes to hear positive news.

        • radnom

          Good point, no one should ever think critically about what they are hearing unless the it regards negative news.

          • Steve (different one)

            “I don’t believe the radar gun” based on flimsy anecdotal evidence is not “thinking critically”.

            • Logan

              But blindly believing the radar gun when it has proven to be outrightly wrong in the past is somehow rational?

              I don’t see how saying “let’s wait and see” is worse than getting a boner over information that may very well be false

            • Jim Is Bored

              Yep. It’s amazing how people think that “thinking critically” only involves negativity.

              And by amazing, I mean a terrible statement about society and people’s intelligence.

    • Bo Knows

      Joba never hit 100 last year even in when during his rehab, I do recall it saying he did hit 98, and he actually did hit 97-98 a few times last year.

  • I Busted that Posey

    Good news to hear…

    Now I need about eight more players to hear good news on.

    • Govin

      Scott Cousins is that you.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I commend you on your screen name.

  • Rubano

    2016 Rotation:


    I rikeeee

    • jsbrendog


      realism – hughes is gone after this year and lets be honest, manny will never put it together/stay healthy/not suck.

      2 stupid dogs

      works for me

      • Greg

        Jose Ramirez is a better bet than Campos

        • jsbrendog


          “‘Cause I’m hung up on dreams I’ll never see, yeah Baby.
          Ahh help me baby, or this will surely be the end of me, yeah.”

      • Bo Knows

        I love how “realism” has become a term for “let’s say the most negative stuff I can”

        Banuelos is 22 and outside of his appendectomy never had any kind of injury until last year; its a little early to write him off.

        Phil Hughes has a good chance staying with the team, especially considering that both Andy and Kuroda could be retiring this year he’s the youngest and essentially the best option of all the FA pitchers as well.

        • AndrewYF

          Plus, they’re abandoning the salary cap plan, so there’s no reason they can’t retain Hughes, unless he demands something ridiculous like $15-16M a year.

  • trr

    Yes, Good News!
    You know we’ll be looking for more arms by mid-season

  • jjyank

    Great to hear. I’m really excited to actually watch this guy pitch after everything that we’ve been through over the past ~14 months with him.

    • jsbrendog

      teh cashmen is the suxor!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Great! As I’ve said before, I am probably rooting for Pineda more than any other Yankee.

  • Greg

    I think the ratio of young pitchers to successful MLB pitchers must be in the order of 10:1.

  • SeventhAce

    In the midst of all these injury news, this is a breath of fresh air.