Good news for the New York Yankees: Michael Pineda is already feeling "much better", at least according to Michael Pineda. Who is the same guy who repeatedly denied that his shoulder hurt when his shoulder hurt. But anyway.
Neutral news for the New York Yankees: Michael Pineda won't pitch for the Yankees in April. Don't take my word for it. Take this guy's word for it.
Girardi: "Safe to say" Pineda won't pitch in majors in April— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 6, 2012
It's not a surprise. Even though Pineda's condition isn't thought to be serious, he isn't ready to pitch right now. Once he is ready to pitch, he'll have to re-do a lot of his spring training. That takes time, so Pineda's return to the major leagues is still some ways away.
Incidentally, you know who else's return is coming up? A certain Andy Pettitte's. It's going to be really interesting to monitor the Yankees' rotation in the early going. For those of you conscious of Pineda's service time, the Yankees could opt to keep him in the minors following his DL stint and rehab assignment, saying that none of the starting five deserves to lose their job. This is me speculating. What we can say for sure is that, if Pineda recovers well and Pettitte continues to get stronger as projected, the Yankees' rotation should eventually look fantastic.