pineda has a torn labrum. surgery tuesday— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 25, 2012
pineda said to have felt a "sharp pain'' saturday. injury may have occurred then. but he didnt throw well from start of camp— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 25, 2012
pineda out a full year, cashman tells writers. feel bad for the kid. this obvs explains why he was throwing 89 mph, not 99— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 25, 2012
Schilling and Carpenter both came back from labrum injuries, but it's still a fairly bleak injury.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) April 25, 2012
If human beings were manufactured, the factory would include a warning in the instructions to not use as a pitcher.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) April 25, 2012
This isn't necessarily a career-ender, as labral tears aren't quite the death sentence that they were once upon a time, but history does not favor Pineda ever maturing into the bona fide ace that the Yankees envisioned when they agreed to relinquish Jesus Montero. This is a disheartening turn of events, and even if you're a proud, card-carrying member of the "f--- the Yankees" club, there is no joy to be derived from this news. A 23-year-old who has earned a relative pittance to this point in his career has just learned that he'll be separated from the game he loves for an extended period of time, and now has to come to terms with the realization that he may never be the same pitcher again. Baseball has been robbed of another of its lustrous young talents.
The Yankees may be the biggest losers right now, because the centerpiece of the deal that cost them so much is now finished indefinitely, but in the grander scheme of things, we all lose.
There is nothing to celebrate here.