In the midst of all the trade deadline madness, an important news item for the Yankees came out a few days ago. Michael Pineda pitched a simulated game for the first time on Tuesday, able to throw 45 pitches without any pain. By most accounts, he looked strong and ready to take the next step.Pineda made big news early in the season, both good and bad. His first three starts were stellar, allowing only two runs in total for a 1.00 ERA, a 7.5 K/9, and holding the opposition to a .239 batting average. His only loss was his first start, when the Yankees were shut out. He was dominant, and exactly what the Yankees needed. Then came the infamous incident where pine tar was found on his neck, and that was the last time he was on an MLB pitching mound. During his suspension, he injured himself...

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