Seattle Mariners-Pineda on path to start season in rotation

Pineda on path to start season in rotation

By Greg Johns /

PEORIA, Ariz. — On a blustery day in which fly balls were an adventure and fans were left searching for sweatshirts, Michael Pineda found the perfect answer.

Yeah, it was cold and windy. But after the Mariners moved their prize pitching prospect to a Monday morning Minor League game in order to get his scheduled five innings of work in, Pineda noted this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“The weather today is not very good,” the 6-foot-7, 260-pounder said after holding the Royals’ Triple-A team to three hits and one run. “It’s a little cold, you know? But I think it’s the same in Seattle, so it’s good to pitch in this game.”

Moving Pineda’s start up three hours turned out to be a wise decision by the Mariners, as the afternoon Cactus League game against the Reds in Goodyear was rained out.

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