Other than bobby pin usage and the ability to understand what’s being said on Telemundo, at this stage, not that much.
The latest on Mr. Pineda, the Yankee, via Mark Feinsand -
If Michael Pineda’s dreadful outing against the Phillies Friday night wasn’t enough to knock him out of the rotation, the soreness his felt in his pitching shoulder would seem to be the final blow.
Pineda was rocked for six runs on seven hits and three walks in only 2 2/3 innings, earning a chorus of boos from the typically mild-mannered Steinbrenner Field crowd.
After he returned to the clubhouse, the 23-year-old revealed that he experienced some soreness in the back of his right shoulder during the outing.
“Tonight, my arm is a little sore,” Pineda said, adding that it felt fine before the game. “When I’m throwing, it’s a little sore. Sometimes every player doesn’t feel 100 percent when they play every day.”
Although he called it “normal sore,” he admitted that he had been trying to throw harder in his sixth start of the spring, attempting to put some of the questions about his lack of velocity to rest.
“I tried to pitch my game,” said Pineda, whose fastball mostly sat around 91 mph, touching 93-94 a few times. “I tried to throw a little harder today.”
Pineda was emotional while speaking with reporters, appearing at times to be on the verge of tears. He pointed to his lack of command as the primary reason for his dismal performance, saying his body was staying open too long, causing a side-to-side effect on his arm that made his fastball cut too much.
“My slider was good tonight and I threw a couple good changeups,” Pineda said. “For my fastball, first-pitch strikes, I didn’t attack the hitters. I didn’t have good command for my fastball tonight.”
But Pineda’s mechanics are the least of his problems now that he’s revealed a potential shoulder injury. Asked if he felt he deserved to be in the rotation, Pineda shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.”
Does this mean that Jesus Montero gets to play the role of Ron “The Babe” Hassey in this drama?