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Michael Pineda | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / SEA
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Michael Pineda threw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Pineda had the reconstructive elbow procedure last July 18 and won't be an option for the Twins' rotation until at least mid-August or maybe even September. The 29-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Minnesota this past winter. He's more of a 2019 piece for the Twins. May 23 - 11:44 AM

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Michael Pineda's (elbow) throwing program has progressed to 120 feet.

Pineda will throw from that distance for a week and then take a couple weeks off before entering the next phase of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The Twins are hoping Pineda will be able to contribute at some point after the All-Star break.
Apr 13 - 11:10 AM

Michael Pineda (elbow) has progressed to throwing from a distance of 75 feet.

Pineda just began throwing this month as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery last July. The Twins signed him a two-year, $10 million contract over the winter and hope to get him in the mix during the second half.
Feb 27 - 2:07 PM

Twins placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Jake Odorizzi. Pineda is hoping to make it back sometime during the second half after having Tommy John surgery last July.
Feb 18 - 8:40 AM

Michael Pineda (elbow) threw Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July.

He made 30 throws from a distance of 60 feet. Pineda signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Twins over the winter and hopes to make it back by the end of the 2018 season. While he has been maddeningly inconsistent, it's a nice gamble for Minnesota. The 28-year-old owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 over 117 major league starts.
Feb 5 - 9:14 AM

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.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 09:47:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 03:08:00 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.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 11:30:00 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.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 08:46:00 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.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 12:06:00 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.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 04:46:00 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.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 01:06:00 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.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 06:03:00 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.
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 11:07:00 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.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 01:59:00 AM

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2B1Brian Dozier
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SS1Jorge Polanco
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3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
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CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Max Kepler
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DH1Logan Morrison
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