If healthy and not reeking of booze, Michael Pineda will make a great Yankee this summer in the Bronx


Michael Pineda has the potential to be a dominant hurler for the Yankees.

Consistently hitting 93 mph on the radar, New York Yankees flamethrower Michael Pineda tossed five innings on Thursday afternoon in an extended spring training start.

Shelved since undergoing the knife last May to fix a torn anterior labral in his right shoulder, the 24-year-old Pineda reported no concerns and is expected to soon partake in a minor league rehab assignment.

Acquired from Seattle for Jesús Montero and Héctor Noesí in January 2012, the 6-foot-7, 260 pound Dominican threw a fastball averaging 94.7 mph as a Mariners rookie in 2011.

Largely thanks to Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and the ageless Mariano Rivera, the Yankees sit atop the American League East with a record of 28-18.

Considering Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes are as reliable as Amanda Bynes on jimson seeds, Pineda will be a welcome addition to New York’s rotation this June.

Provided the 2011 All-Star returns healthy and not reeking of booze, Michael Pineda is another quality arm for the Yankees to use on One East 161st Street in the Bronx.

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