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SECOND OPINION REGARDING THE SHOULDER OF PINEDA
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 03:14 AM EDT

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was inspected by team consultants after having an MRI on his shoulder in NY, but the team didn’t say the results as the pitcher’s agent requested he get a 2nd opinion. Football spreads

It was yet one more turn in what has become the puzzling tale of the 23-year-old right-hander the Yankees bought from Seattle in Jan. in exchange for Jesus Montero, the most highly touted hitting prospect in their farm system.

“It’s confusing as he asked for the 2nd opinion before we had the 1st,” conceded manager Joe Girardi, who added he hadn’t been given the result of the exam performed on Pineda by Yankees team surgeon Doctor Chris Ahmad. Pineda will be inspected by Mets team doctor David Altchek in NY.

“I have no idea if (Ahmad) will speak to Altchek 1st and they will speak about what they see before they put something out; that way there’s maybe not a conflicting report,” Girardi related.

According to Girardi, the 2nd opinion was requested by Fern Cuza, Pineda’s agent, after Pineda was shut down on Sat. after feeling discomfort and weakness in the back of the right shoulder 15 pitches into an extended spring training game. It was the 1st time he had thrown to hitters since being placed on the 15-game disabled list on March 31.

“When they found out he was going to NY, his agent requested that whatever occurs, we need a 2nd opinion,” Girardi claimed. “Whatever that means, we should know more as time elapses. I do not know why agents and players ask for 2nd opinions. It is not something I ever did. Sometimes guys are just more at ease with other doctors, but that’s fine.”

Cuza, who represents Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and represented Pedro Martinez during his time as a Met, didn’t immediately return a call seeking answer. Yankees GM Brian Cashman declined until he receives the medical report.

Originally, the Yankees entered Pineda’s injury as “right shoulder tendinitis.” Now it is entered as “right rotator cuff tendinitis.”

In any case, it is starting to become obvious that Pineda, who the Yankees were relying on to hold down a regular spot in their rotation, is not close to returning to action after what Girardi called an “important” setback.

“We thought we were going to get a power pitcher that pitched particularly well and we believed had a really enormous upside,” Girardi asserted. “Right now, we don’t have him and right now I can’t make it clear when we’re going to get him back. That part is displeasing.”

Pineda was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA for the weak-hitting Mariners in his rookie season, but his effectiveness slid off noticeably in the 2nd ½ of the season, when his ERA rose and his speed declined after the All-Star break. Basketball scores

The Yankees had accredited his 2nd-half decline to fatigue due to his workload — Pineda threw 171 innings in 2011 — but after showing up for spring training some 20 pounds overweight, he continued to have problems with his velocity. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his final preseason game, having allowed 6 runs and 7 hits to the Phillies on March 30.


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