Like many hurlers, Michael Pineda fell victim to the wave of uppercut swings, as his home run rate rose despite working down in the zone. Unfortunately, his season was cut short after 17 starts and 96.2 innings, so he never got the chance to adjust, like his teammate Masahiro Tanaka. Pineda had Tommy John surgery in mid-July, putting him on the shelf for most, if not all of 2018. Likely not a coincidence, Pineda incurred a pair of three-homer games in the three he pitched before going under the knife. Before getting hurt, Pineda's swinging-strike rate reverted to career levels, suggesting that 2016 was the outlier. His walk rate also reverted to its usual stingy level. The Twins signed him to a two-year deal this offseason, which will give Pineda short-term stability while giving the Twins a shot at an affordable, high-upside starter with something to prove in 2019. The safe play is ignoring Pineda entirely in 2018 in single-season leagues, as a return before September would be surprising, and even if he makes it back, he would be handled with kid gloves.
Pineda (elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Pineda underwent Tommy John elbow surgery last summer and didn't figure to be ready until later in the season. As such, he represented an opportunity for the Twins to clear a spot on the 40-man roster should they acquire another player. And that's exactly what they did Saturday, when Minnesota acquired Jake Odorizzi from Tampa Bay.
Pineda (elbow) threw for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July on Saturday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. According to reports, Pineda completed 30 throws from a distance of 60 feet. The right-hander received a two-year contract from the Twins in December with the hope that he'll become a staple of Minnesota's rotation in 2019. However, with his rehab progressing smoothly thus far, there's speculation that Pineda could return in the latter portion of 2018 as a reliever. More information should come forth as his rehab program progresses, but things appear to be trending upward.
Pineda (elbow) could return in August or September this season but wouldn't be used as a starter, Twins Executive Vice President Derek Falvey told freelance writer Brian Hall. The 28-year-old righty underwent Tommy John surgery on July 18. The Twins signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract in December with an eye toward him joining the rotation in 2019. However, it doesn't sound like he's been ruled out from pitching in the majors in 2018.
Pineda (elbow) signed a two-year deal with the Twins on Wednesday. The 28-year-old righty underwent Tommy John surgery on July 18, and figures to miss most, if not all of the 2018 season. This gives him some short-term security and a chance to hit the market again after hopefully reestablishing his value in 2019, while it give the Twins an affordable, high-upside starter for 2019. Pineda has generated worse run-prevention metrics than the fielding-independent numbers suggest, as his career 3.60 FIP is quite a bit lower than his career 4.05 ERA. While he hasn't posted an ERA under 4.30 since 2014, he typically strikes out around a batter per inning, and in 2016 he notched 207 strikeouts in 175.2 innings, so there is plenty of long-term upside for dynasty-league owners.
Pineda (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. Pineda is hopeful to return in the second half of the 2018 season, but that would be a best-case scenario, as Tommy John surgery typically requires anywhere from a 12-to-16 month recovery, and sometimes pitchers need even longer than that to return to a big-league mound. The surgery was performed by Dr. Kremchek in Cincinnati.