New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda knows he’s the forgotten man in the room, but he plans to change that.
We all likely remember Pineda as the impressive trade piece sent by the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees back in 2011.
After an extremely fine rookie season where Pineda went 9 and 10 with a 3.74 ERA (at just 22-years-old, mind you), Seattle sent Pineda to the Bronx Bombers in exchange for Jesus Montero. Unfortunately, Pineda has yet to wear pinstripes as for the past two seasons, the now 25-year-old pitcher has dealt with injury after injury.
Saying he’s completely healthy, Pineda hopes to find himself in the Yankees starting rotation coming out of spring training.
He’s hoping that narrative changes this year as he battles for a spot in the Yankees rotation, insisting he is healthy and in shape.
“I’m going to compete for the rotation,” Pineda said. “I’m the same Michael Pineda. I’m 100 percent now and my body is in good shape.”
It’s unknown what type of pitcher Pineda will be when he returns, though if he resembles anything near the arm he was with the Mariners, the Yankee faithful will be dancing in the streets.