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Monday, December 23, 2013

MLB Notes: Joel Pineiro working on comeback attempt in Puerto Rico


By on 12/23/2013 03:12:00 PM

Not to be outdone by Mark Mulder, former Mariners starting pitching Joel Pineiro is preparing for a big league return in his native Puerto Rico after spending the majority of the last two seasons out of the game.

According to a story originally published at elnuevodia.com, the 35-year old has been scouted pitching for the Ponce Lions of the Puerto Rican Winter League by the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs, among others recently.

In three starts, Pineiro has allowed 4 earned runs in 14 innings pitched while striking out 9 against 3 walks in Winter League play. Reportedly throwing in the 84-86 mph range, with a high of 88, the lack of velocity has not deterred the right-hander in his return to the mound.
“Speed does not worry me,” Pineiro told the site. “I've always been a pitcher who depends on the movement of the ball and I've been pitching well.”
Last appearing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011, the veteran has largely been out of action since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2012. Rehabbing exclusively with the Baltimore Orioles after signing a minor league deal last winter, Pineiro was given his unconditional release from Triple-A Norfolk in July.

Over the course of a 12-year career, Pineiro registered a 4.41 ERA while averaging 5.4 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9.

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