Speaking of Pineda

This story from the Seattle Times seems to point Pineda to the Seattle rotation:

One of the more exciting rookie pitchers to come the Mariners’ way in years should be in uniform on opening day.

At least, that’s currently the plan for young Mariners flamethrower Michael Pineda, who has dazzled the team here with high-90s fastballs and his composure on the mound. Team sources indicated Monday that, in the wake of announcing that left-handed starter Nate Robertson will undergo elbow surgery and be out until June, the final rotation spot is Pineda’s to lose.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik declined to confirm or deny any suggestion that Pineda is the front-runner for the job. But Zduriencik did say service-time issues will not stand in the way of any young player making the team if they clearly earn their spot.

“We’ve got two more weeks to figure things out,” Zduriencik said after his Mariners extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Stadium.

That Brewers-M’s game may be worth checking out on Wednesday night. If only for this fact: When Pineda was on the Opening Day Roster for the Timber Rattlers in 2008, he was 6′-5″ and weighed in at 180. This page has Pineda at 6′-7″…260.

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