Earliest return for Michael Pineda is in June
Former Mariners pitcher still recovering from shoulder surgery for Yankees
Seattle Times news services
TAMPA, Fla. — Michael Pineda hurt his shoulder last March and became trapped in an endless spring training, working out all season at the Yankees' minor-league complex.
"It's a little sad for me last year because I'm very excited (to be) traded to New York," said Pineda, a former Mariner. "I really wanted to pitch."
The Yankees will break camp again without Pineda, leaving him to continue rehabbing from a torn labrum that required surgery. A June return is his best-case scenario.
"We're hoping we can get what we traded for, under the circumstances, a year later," said GM Brian Cashman.
A month before the 2012 camp opened, Cashman dealt catcher Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Pineda and minor-league pitcher Jose Campos.
For all the talk of someday prying ace Felix Hernandez from Seattle, the Yankees had picked up a younger, hard-throwing right-hander with control and a biting slider.
But he arrived last February some 20 pounds overweight. By August, Pineda was charged with DUI.
"A really bad year for me," Pineda said. But, "everything's in the past. I'm very excited for this year. ... I'm feeling good, stronger now. I'm ready to pitch this year."
• Kevin Youkilis made the back page of two New York tabloids for telling reporters at his first day of spring training with the Yankees that "I'll always be a Red Sox." "I was basically defining that, as a player, I'll be a Red Sox, and a White Sox, and a Yankee for life," he said. "Trust me, there's no way that was meant to say my heart is in Boston or anything like that. My heart is here with the Yankees."
• Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz said it was "shocking" and "depressing" to see his name come up in connection with a Florida clinic at the center of baseball's drug investigation.
• Cleveland's Nick Swisher has left camp following the death of his mother.
• Michael Bourn, an All-Star center fielder last season with Atlanta, signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Indians.
• The Nationals and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
• Former Mariners first baseman Casey Kotchman signed a minor-league contract with Miami. Kotchman hit .229 in 142 games last year for Cleveland.
• A few hours after Ryan Braun said he would have no comment on a report linking him to a clinic alleged to have sold performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players, a new report surfaced Friday with the Brewers left fielder's name on additional documents.
• Jair Jurrjens and the Orioles have agreed to a minor-league contract. Jurrjens, an NL All-Star in 2011 with Atlanta, is 53-37 with a 3.62 ERA in six major-league seasons.