New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will miss the entire 2012 season because of a right shoulder anterior labral tear, the team announced Wednesday. He will have surgery May 1.
It is yet another setback for the 23-year-old righthander the Yankees acquired from Seattle in exchange for blue-chip hitting prospect Jesus Montero. As a rookie last season, Pineda went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA, recording 173 strikes in 171 innings and was named to the all-star team.
Pineda, after arriving for spring training 20 pounds overweight, started the regular season on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He attempted to make a rehab start in Tampa on Saturday but threw just 15 pitches before aggravating the injury.
Stat of the week
The following comes courtesy of Yahoo.com's David Brown, and features Touch 'Em All fave Ozzie Guillen.
Seems the Miami Marlins manager just can't help himself: He makes news even when he doesn't open his mouth to say the wrong thing.
He proved this notion Tuesday night against the New York Mets, when the Marlins set one of those arcane records that make baseball eternal: They walked four straight batters using four pitchers.
It went like this:
Josh Johnson was tossing a shutout when he walked Lucas Duda with two outs in the seventh.
Guillen brought in Randy Choate, who walked pinch-hitter Justin Turner on a full count.
Guillen brought in Steve Cishek, who walked Scott Hairston on four pitches.
Guillen brought in Mike Dunn. He walked Josh Thole on a full count to score a run that turned out to be crucial as the Mets won, 2-1.
Finally, Guillen stayed put, and Dunn struck out pinch-hitter Zach Lutz to, mercifully, end the inning.
"I wish I would have known we were going to walk four guys," Guillen said afterward. "We had a plan. We felt good about the plan. It doesn't [always] work."
Fun at Moyer's expense
At least one minor-league team wants to cash in on Jamie Moyer. The Fort Myers (Fla.) Miracle, the single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, noted that when the 49-year-old Colorado Rockies pitcher beat the San Diego Padres last week to become the oldest man to win an MLB game, his fastball topped out at 78 m.p.h.
The Miracle also saw an opportunity. So, days later they put on a promotion where fans could win a free game ticket if they could throw harder than Moyer. The catch was they had to put up $1 for each throw. Some 85 fans tried, but none could top Moyer's 78 m.p.h. The closest anyone got was a man in his mid-20s who spent around $50 trying to beat the mark but topped out at 76 m.p.h.
The Miracle plan to continue the promotion throughout their season.
- Staff and wire reports