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Michael Pineda won't pitch in Spring Training

02/12/2013 4:45 PM ET
By Jon Lane

Michael Pineda was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in a January 2012 trade.(AP)
Among the topics New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi addressed during his opening Spring Training press conference was the latest on Michael Pineda. The right-hander, while currently throwing off a half-mound and progressing in his recovery from shoulder surgery, won't be making any Grapefruit League appearances.

"He's throwing now for us," Girardi said. "He's still in the early stages. I don't think we're going to see him in a game in Spring Training, anything like that. He is throwing, we're happy with the way he's progressing and sometime during the summer we hope to see him. "

If and when Pineda comes back, the hope is that he will provide an infusion of talent and youth to a team perceived as "old." Pineda, 24, would enter a rotation in which top-three starters CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte are an average age of 37.

Girardi expressed concern managing an older roster, but it's nothing he's not used to.

 "It's always a concern, but that's been something that we've been talking about for the last 10 years is an old roster," Girardi said. "The last 12 years. Last year we were old and we won 95 games. This team has a lot of character. When I think about some of the age on the club, you might have to manage a little bit differently than you would with a younger club. You might have to give a day off here and there more than you would if you had a bunch of 25 year olds. In saying that, I know we have a lot of guys that are extremely experienced, understand what it's like to play in this division, understand that it's like to play in New York because of their experience. And I like that."

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