(Courtesy of William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
After 1 failed trade and 2 lost seasons, it appears as though the Yankees will finally get to see what Michael Pineda can do in 2014. Actually, it might not be what he can do so much as they'll at least get to see him throw a pitch in a regular season game. The shoulder injury suffered in 2012 may have taken away enough of what Pineda had to prevent him from ever being the pitcher he was or becoming the pitcher he could have been. The Yankees certainly treated him as carefully as possible in his rehab from the injury to increase the chances of him making a full recovery. They placed him on strict pitch count limits last year in the Minors and shut him down early after he reportedly felt some stiffness and soreness in the surgically-repaired shoulder late in the summer. Still, there's no way to know what type of pitcher he's going to be moving forward until he's back out competing on a Major League mound.