Results tagged ‘ Joel Pineiro ’

4/1 Cubs sign Pineiro to Minor League deal

The Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a Minor League contract, and he will go to Mesa, Ariz., for extended Spring Training, then was expected to report to Triple-A Iowa. Pineiro, 35, has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2011. He has pitched for the Mariners, Red Sox, Cardinals and Angeles, and had his best seasons with St. Louis and pitching coach Dave Duncan, compiling a 28-23 record and 4.14 ERA in 69 games over three seasons.

In January 2012, Pineiro signed a Minor League deal with the Phillies, but was released after pitching six innings in Spring Training. He then signed a Minor League contract with the Orioles in April 2012, but did not pitch for the Major League team, and eventually needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in July that year.

In February, Pineiro told’s Jesse Sanchez that he was not ready to retire.

“I have had 11 years in the big leagues, so I’m not complaining, but I’m not ready to shut it down,” he said. “I’m 35 and I told my wife this would be my last real push at it. I have four kids, my oldest is in middle school, but I still have the desire and love for the game.”

He pitched for Ponce this past winter in Puerto Rico, and was 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA over five outings.

— Carrie Muskat

Lilly vs. Pineiro

Tuesday’s loss snapped Ted Lilly’s four-game winning streak against the Cardinals. His last loss to St. Louis was Aug. 20, 2007, when Joel Pineiro was on the mound — yes, the same Joel Pineiro who held the Cubs to three hits Tuesday.

“I felt like I came in second place,” said Lilly, who gave up three runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. “I had an opportunity to try to keep up, which would’ve been a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity to do something pretty special if you get two guys going at it like that and putting up zeroes nine innings, matching each other. That’s what I would’ve liked to have done.

“I feel like ultimately, that’s what you’re supposed to do as a starting pitcher is do whatever you can to give up fewer runs than the other guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, I had my hands full.”

The Cubs didn’t take many pitches. Derrek Lee said that’s because the Cardinals’ right-hander was throwing strikes, and if they tried to be patient, they’d be down 0-2 in the count.

“When we had our meetings, we kind of knew,” Pineiro said of the Cubs. “They’re a very aggressive team. They want to try to knock the pitcher out and get him out of the game early. If you make your pitches down in the zone, they’ll be on the ground like they were today.”

The Cubs made only three fly ball outs in the game, and struck out five times. It was Pineiro’s fourth career shutout and the three hits matched his career low-hit game. He had two three-ball counts and totaled 21 first-pitch strikes.

— Carrie Muskat