Michael Pineda introduced to Twins fans, still recovering from Tommy John surgery
Michael Pineda is hard to miss, even when he’s not throwing 95 mph fastballs. The Minnesota Twins won’t witness any of those heaters for a while, but they’re still pleased to have the 6-foot-7 right-hander in-house until he’s ready.
Pineda was introduced to his new fans at Twins Fest on Saturday after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year deal last month, though he’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch again until at least late this season.
Between there, it’s a lot of things happen, so you never know, Pineda said. I want to just prepare and work hard for go back as soon as I can.
Pineda was an All-Star as a rookie for the Seattle Mariners in 2011, showing signs of immense potential with a 3.74 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 171 innings as a 22-year-old. He was traded to New York in the offseason but didn’t pitch in pinstripes until 2014 because of his shoulder.
His only full season was in 2016, when he made a career-high 32 starts, but he was 6-12 with a career-high 4.82 ERA.
Pineda was on the way to perhaps his best season last year before the elbow injury. He was 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings.
Jackson, who will turn 31 on Feb. 1, played in 85 games last season for the Cleveland Indians, providing them some outfield depth and insurance for All-Star Michael Brantley, who missed more than seven weeks because of a bothersome ankle injury. Jackson batted .318 with seven homers, 35 RBIs, three stolen bases and a .869 OPS last season for the American League Central champions.
Jackson played only 54 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2016. Before that, he played in 2015 for the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs, batting .267 with nine homers and 48 RBIs in 136 games. He played for the Detroit Tigers for four-plus seasons, before he was traded to Seattle in a multiteam 2014 deadline deal that moved ace David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays to Detroit.