Mariners react to Pineda missing season

Mariners react to Pineda missing season

Mariners react to Pineda missing season
DETROIT -- Just prior to Wednesday night's game against the Tigers, the Mariners were sitting in the visiting clubhouse getting prepared to take the field for batting practice when they heard the news that former teammate Michael Pineda would miss the season.

Pineda, who had been suffering from shoulder issues throughout Spring Training and was placed on the 15-day disabled list just before the start of the regular season, was diagnosed with an anterior labral tear in his pitching shoulder.

"You just feel bad for the kid," manager Eric Wedge said. "You wish him all the success, and I feel bad for him. Hopefully he can get healthy. He's young and he has a solid career ahead of him, and hopefully he gets healthy and back on track."

Pineda signed with the Mariners in 2005 at the age of 16. He made the Mariners' starting rotation out of Spring Training in 2011 and went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 28 starts as a rookie.

He was part of a four-player deal in the offseason that sent him to the Yankees along with Jose Campos and brought Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle.

After firing seven innings of one-run ball, Felix Hernandez talked about receiving the news of Pineda's injury. With the Mariners, he was somewhat of a mentor to the 23-year-old. Because of that, Hernandez said he couldn't bring himself to call him.

"I'm not calling him because he's probably a little frustrated," Hernandez said. "He's just got to work hard and come back, because he's a great pitcher."

Montero said he's never spoken to Pineda directly. He knows the pitcher only as the main piece in a deal that brought him to the west coast. However, even the 22-year-old catcher/designated hitter was somber when discussing the news.

"I feel bad for him," Montero said. "I feel sorry. Things happen, you know. I feel bad. I don't want him to be like that. But what can I say, I hope the best for him."

One of the biggest stories likely to come out of this is whether the Mariners had any idea of Pineda's injury, and therefore were compelled to pull the trigger on the trade.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik spoke to soon after the word of Pineda's season-ending injury got out and refuted those claims.

"Absolutely not," Zduriencik told "None, whatsoever. Before the trade, he was going to be our No. 2 starter ... "I feel bad. We love Michael Pineda. He's a great kid. This is very unfortunate."