Pineda's target weight within reach

Pineda's target weight within reach

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Michael Pineda reported to Yankees camp trying to drop 10 pounds from his 6-foot-7 frame, and the right-hander said he's already about 80 percent of the way to his goal.

Speaking after his Grapefruit League debut, Pineda said he has shed seven to eight pounds and is looking to pare off two to four more before the Yankees begin the season on April 6.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Pineda's weight -- the hurler said that he reported around 290 pounds -- is not a major concern, and that he has not been restricted during the club's workouts.

"When you're trying to shed a few pounds, you don't want to shed it all at once, because then you could lose strength and get dehydrated," Girardi said. "We'll get him to where he needs to be."

Girardi said that he was willing to give Pineda a pass for the extra pounds, more so than if a returning Yankees pitcher had reported in the same shape.

"It's all new to him, the expectations and what we expect from him," Girardi said. "Coming in, obviously they had some conversations, but he doesn't really know. There'll be a better understanding as time goes on."