For the week of April 30th:
Yankee starter Michael Pineda was shut down this week after being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The 22-year old Pineda, who has not pitched this season, will have surgery on May 1 and miss the remainder of the year. Instead of being a part of what would have been one of the best rotations in the game, Pineda will spend the summer in a trainer’s room somewhere, doing resistance bands and riding arm bikes. Here’s an account of what’s in store him from a former player who’s been through it twice.
If you’re Michael Pineda, sometime in the past two weeks you felt a little twinge in your right shoulder. Whether you were throwing a bullpen or just playing catch, you felt a sharp, quick shot of pain go through your arm, and then just as quickly, disappear.
You probably looked around for a while, testing out your arm over and over again, looking for the pain to come back. And it probably didn’t. You probably told your coaches, who probably told you to try it out to see if you felt it again, and when you didn’t, they probably said they’d schedule an MRI just to make sure you were fine. You probably went to sleep that night thinking you were.
Tonight, under the clear Los Angeles sky, the most famous non-Bieberian teenager in the country will make his debut to thousands of flashbulbs and with millions of National owner Ted Lerner’s dollars on the line.
Tonight the one-man band that is Bryce Harper – violent swing, bold eyeblack, fractious swagger and all – finally emerges from the shadows and takes the stage to headline the most hyped sporting tour since Michael ditched the Bulls for the Birmingham Barons in ’93.
In the short time The Inside Move has been online, we have been consistently looking for different articles and columns that we can bring to the blog on a semi-regular basis. Our Power Rankings is a feature that is released on the site every Monday, and this past weekend was the first installment of Joey Bats’ Sunday Morning Word.
On that note, welcome to Mani’s Weekly Top 5!
At the end of every week, I will post a top five list about any topic in baseball, and it can range from something normal, like the first week’s topic, to something just a bit more ridiculous. Also, in the near future I will occasionally bring the Weekly Top 5 in a video format to bring some interactive features to the website.
So without further ado, let’s get to the best five starting rotations in the game today!
(Editor’s note – just know that I started this piece with the best of intentions. Really.)
It’s just past dinnertime on January 13, 2012, and I’m sitting on a set of pull-out bleachers in a local church gymnasium in Staten Island, NY, watching my 13-year old sister play basketball. On one side of me sits my other sister. On the other side, my best friend. My parents are scattered around the gym, talking to other parents and doing the scorebook. I’m moving across the country tomorrow, and this is the last time I’ll see these people for months. When I woke up that morning, I really thought that was why I’d remember January 13, 2012.
Then the Yankees traded for Michael Pineda. Then they signed Hiroki Kuroda. In fifteen minutes my quiet, final night home transformed into a maelstrom of calls, tweets and text messages from Evil Empire fans both celebrating and crucifying the deals. It was my night. And then suddenly it was theirs. My final hours in New York would prove to be a microcosm of the twenty years I spent in the city rooting for the wrong team.