Michael Pineda wins job in Yankees starting rotation
After not throwing a pitch in the majors the last two seasons, Michael Pineda has won the Yankees' fifth starter job.
Pineda was an All-Star for the Mariners in 2011 and finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting. He was traded the ensuing offseason to the Yankees for then-highly touted prospect Jesus Montero. In the spring of 2012, Pineda came down with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and missed all of that season while recovering from surgery. Last season, he was only able to manage 10 minor-league starts, but didn't get back to the bigs.
This spring, though, Pineda has looked the part of a guy who is back. In 15 innings, he's struck out 16 batters while walking only one. He has a 1.20 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.