Yankees Insider: Michael Pineda not worried about shoulder

By on March 2, 2015

TAMPA — Michael Pineda injured his shoulder during his first spring with the Yankees, then spent the next two camps trying to work his way back from surgery.

That’s no longer a concern for the big righthander, who figures to be a prominent piece of the Bombers’ rotation this season.

“I feel like everything is in the past right now,” Pineda said of his shoulder issues. “I feel great. I’m feeling good, feeling strong, and I’m happy with that.”

Pineda threw a live batting practice session Sunday, showing off all three of his pitches to Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

“I was pretty excited what I saw today; he was really, really good,” Girardi said. “You get excited when you think about sending him out there every day and getting 30 to 32 starts from him, what he could possibly do for your team.”

Pineda went 5-5 despite a sparkling 1.89 ERA in 13 starts last season, showing the promise the Yankees saw when they traded for him in January 2012. He’s not setting any statistical goals for himself this season, focusing instead on simply staying healthy and available to his team.

“I’m working hard to be healthy all season, try to be ready every five days to put my team in a good position to win the game,” Pineda said. “That’s what I’m looking for: to help my team win.”

As well as he pitched when he was on the mound, Pineda’s season was far from perfect. He was suspended for 10 games after getting caught using pine tar on the ball, then suffered a shoulder muscle strain during that suspension that kept him sidelined for three months.

He said that like his injuries, the suspension issue is behind him.

“Everything is in the past,” Pineda said. “I’m feeling good and I want to continue my career. That’s it. I learned from the mistakes, so that’s it.”

LINING ’EM UP

Adam Warren will start Tuesday’s Grapefruit League opener in Clearwater against the Phillies, while prospects Luis Severino and Jacob Lindgren are also slated to pitch in the game.

Nathan Eovaldi will start Wednesday’s home opener at Steinbrenner Field against the Phillies. Andrew Miller will also make his Yankees debut in that game. Esmil Rogers gets the start Thursday in Bradenton against the Pirates.

Girardi didn’t announce when Pineda, Masahiro Tanaka or CC Sabathia would see their first game action.

“As you get to a certain point, you’ve got to make a decision where guys are going to fall into line,” Girardi said. “It’s pretty normal that sometimes the guys who have been bullpen guys and are fighting for a spot are a little bit ahead.”

Starters are scheduled to go two innings or 30-35 pitches in their first outing.

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