After first live BP, Pineda states goal for season

Oft-injured since being acquired by Yankees, righty determined to remain healthy in 2015

After first live BP, Pineda states goal for season

TAMPA, Fla. -- Michael Pineda tossed his first live batting-practice session of the spring on Sunday for the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field. The right-hander threw about 20 pitches and said afterward that his goal is to remain "healthy all season."

That would be fine as far as the Yankees are concerned. With CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka returning from injuries, Pineda is a big part of the rotation, and keeping his problematic right shoulder healthy is of primary concern.

"I want to win here, so I'm working hard," Pineda said. "I want to be healthy all season and every five days put myself in the position to help my team win games. That's what I'm looking for -- to help my team win. I'm focusing on getting ready for the season."

Pineda added that his BP session went off without a hitch.

"I felt pretty good today. Everything is good. I felt great," he said. "Heaven forbid, my goal is to be healthy all season and that's it."

Pineda missed the entire 2012 and '13 seasons after the Yankees acquired him from the Mariners in the Jan. 23, 2012 trade that sent catcher Jesus Montero to Seattle. Pineda broke down during Spring Training of 2012 and ultimately underwent labrum surgery.

Last year, he missed almost four months because of inflammation and a strain in that same shoulder before returning to make nine of his 13 starts from Aug. 13 on. During that period, the club received a glimpse of what the real Pineda can offer. He finished with a 5-5 record and a 1.89 ERA.

This occurred after a pair of incidents in April against the Red Sox when Pineda was spied with pine tar on his neck. He was using the substance so he'd have better control of the baseball in cold weather. Pineda was ejected from the April 23 game during the second inning at Fenway Park. Major League Baseball suspended him for 10 games, but because of the shoulder injury, he didn't pitch again until mid-August.

Pineda said all that is behind him.

"All that is the past," he said. "I'm feeling good and I want to continue my career. I lived through the mistake. That's it."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.