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Michael Pineda | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Twins signed RHP Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract.
Pineda underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past July and might not pitch in a live game in 2018, but he should be fully recovered by the start of spring training in 2019. The 28-year-old starter owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 in 680 career major league innings. It's a nice gamble for Minnesota, even though the pay-off will require some patience. Dec 13 - 9:47 AM

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Michael Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Pineda was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament last week, but he was holding out on a decision until he received a second opinion from Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. Kremchek confirmed the initial diagnosis and will perform the surgery. Pineda figures to be sidelined until late in the 2018 season at the very earliest.
Jul 17 - 3:08 PM

Yankees transferred RHP Michael Pineda from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Caleb Smith. Pineda is likely headed for Tommy John surgery.
Jul 16 - 11:30 AM

Michael Pineda will receive a second opinion on his partially torn UCL.

He's heading to Cincinnati Monday for a visit with Dr. Timothy Kremchek. Depending on how that visit goes, Pineda could go under the knife as soon as Tuesday. He'll be out at least a year if he undergoes Tommy John surgery, which would seem to be the most likely scenario.
Jul 15 - 8:46 PM

Yankees placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Tommy John surgery has been recommended, although Pineda will receive a second opinion before deciding what to do. It's horrible news for the Yankees and obviously also for Pineda, who is set to hit free agency this winter. If he does go under the knife, he'd be sidelined at least until the second half of 2018 and perhaps until 2019. The Yanks will use Luis Cessa for now as Pineda's rotation replacement, although general manager Brian Cashman wouldn't rule out Chance Adams getting a look.
Jul 14 - 12:06 PM

Michael Pineda yielded five earned runs over just three innings Wednesday in the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays.

Pineda issued only one walk, but he got himself into dangerous counts throughout the outing and the Jays pounced for nine hits -- including three home runs. Pineda will bring an underwhelming 4.39 ERA into the second half.
Jul 5 - 4:46 PM

Michael Pineda gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings in Friday’s win over the Astros.

The Yankees scored five runs in the sixth inning to put him on top. Pineda struck out three and walked none in the victory. It was a nice bounceback outing after he was crushed for seven runs over four innings against the Rangers last time out. He’ll bring a 4.05 ERA into his start against the Blue Jays next week.
Jul 1 - 1:06 AM

Michael Pineda struggled in Sunday’s loss to the Rangers, surrendering six hits, seven runs and a walk over four shaky innings.

He recorded four strikeouts while throwing 48 of his 71 pitches for strikes. Pineda had trouble keeping the ball in the yard on Sunday, allowing homers to Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Robinson. His only clean inning was a 1-2-3 third. Pineda’s ERA ballooned from 3.56 to 4.12 with Sunday’s implosion. The right-hander has another challenging matchup coming up Friday at Houston.
Jun 25 - 6:03 PM

Michael Pineda yielded three runs -- one earned -- in 5 2/3 innings and struck out seven against the Angels on Tuesday.

Pineda came up one out shy of his ninth quality start in 14 tries. He's given up three earned runs or less 11 times and still hasn't allowed more than five runs in any outing. He's set to face the Rangers on Sunday.
Jun 20 - 11:07 PM

Michael Pineda allowed five runs through six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Angels.

Pineda's pace has fallen off some, but even his weaker outings haven't been disasters; he still hasn't given up more than five runs in a game this year. His ERA is up to 3.71. Most of his struggles have come on the road, just as tonight's poor outing did. He's 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA and four homers allowed in seven starts at Yankee Stadium and 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA and one homer allowed in six starts elsewhere. His next start will come at home versus the Angels.
Jun 15 - 1:59 AM

Michael Pineda yielded only an unearned run over seven innings Thursday, striking out eight in a win over the Red Sox.

Pineda walked two while allowing four hits on the evening. The win was his fourth in his last five starts, and the 28-year-old has now turned in quality starts in six of his last seven outings. In 12 starts overall, Pineda is 7-3 with a strong 3.39 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 75/17 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings of work. He'll look to keep rolling Tuesday against the Angels.
Jun 8 - 11:55 PM

Michael Pineda gave up a season-high five runs over five innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Pineda put himself in an early hole by giving up a three-spot in the first, as Josh Donaldson connected for a solo homer and Justin Smoak added a two-run blast. He gave up 10 hits and walked three while striking out just one batter. Keep in mind that he had struck out at least five batters in each of his previous 10 starts this season. Pineda will try to put this outing in the rearview mirror when he faces the Red Sox next week at home.
Jun 2 - 10:59 PM

Michael Pineda allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Sunday in a win over the Athletics.

Pineda gave up only three hits and struck out five, though he did issue three walks. The right-hander stands 6-2 with an impressive 3.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 66/12 K/BB ratio through 59 2/3 innings this season for the American League East-leading Yankees. He'll try to keep it all working next time out in Toronto.
May 28 - 4:32 PM

Michael Pineda pitched 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Royals on Monday.

This makes eight straight starts in which Pineda has allowed no more than three earned runs. He hasn't excellent every time out, but his only poor outing was his season debut versus the Rays. He's now 5-2 with a 3.35 ERA.
May 22 - 11:05 PM

Michael Pineda surrendered four runs -- three earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a win over the Royals.

Pineda hasn't dominated his last couple of times out, but he's keeping it together and staying away from the big innings that have plagued him in the past. He's now 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA. He'll get a rematch with the Royals next week.
May 18 - 12:15 AM

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