Here's some good news. Michael Pineda threw from the mound for the first time since hitting the DL yesterday as scheduled, and reportedly came through his 25-pitch session feeling good. Via Chad Jennings, Pineda said he threw at about 75-80% yesterday, but clarified that it was not because of any issues with his forearm. “I never throw 100 percent in the bullpen. But I can tell when the arm feels good, and when the arm feels something’s wrong, you know?”
The next step for Pineda is a 35-pitch bullpen session scheduled for Thursday. Joe said he would likely throw all his pitches in that session, and it sounds like a rehab assignment could come after that provided Pineda makes it through this next bullpen without issue.
Things are definitely progressing ahead of schedule for Pineda right now, and I think that has to be taken as a good sign. He only missed about a week of throwing activity and he's back on a mound less than 2 weeks after going on the DL. The team previously estimated an early September return, but now it seems like Pineda could return before the end of the month if all goes well.