Veteran pitcher Joel Pineiro had been toiling away in triple-A, trying to get back to the majors with the Los Angeles Angels, but things have taken a negative turn for the former Mariners phenom. Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels have released the 35-year-old pitcher, whose career was derailed two years ago by a torn labrum.
This is the second time in 2014 that Pineiro has been cut. The Cubs had him in double-A but released him in June after he compiled a 4.43 ERA in 22 1/3 innings. Pineiro didn’t exactly light it up for the Angels in Salt Lake either, posting a 7.48 ERA in 21 2/3 innings.
Pineiro was with the Baltimore organization in 2013, but went the entire year without throwing a pitch thanks to shoulder rehab. His last MLB action came in 2011 when he went 7-7 in 24 starts for the Angels.
His best years were in Seattle in his early twenties, when he put together back-to-back seasons of 14 and 16 wins. He also won double-digits for the Cardinals in 2009 and the Angels in 2010.
His career record stands at 104-93 with a 4.41 lifetime ERA in 335 appearances. And the way things are going, those will be his final career marks.