Pineda Update: Throws Three Innings In First Rehab Start

While the rotation continues to get by just fine without him, Michael Pineda took another step towards rejoining that rotation last ngith by making a rehab start with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.  He worked 3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while walking none and striking out none.  He threw 42 pitches, 30 of which were strikes. Pineda was scheduled for either 3 innings or 45 pitches, whichever came first, so he reached his desired work level last night.  According to the reports I saw on Twitter, he was mostly low 90s with his fastball and he touched the mid-90s on a few pitches.  Talking to Nicolas Stellini after the game, Pineda expressed confidence in the fastball but added "I need to work on my slider and my changeup."  That's not uncommon for a pitcher who's had his normal throwing routine interrupted and nothing that can't be worked out with another rehab start or 2.

As for that next rehab start, I imagine it will come sometimes later this week.  The Yankees have made nothing official as far as what's next for Pineda, but given that he was capped at 45 pitches last night, I would imagine they want him to make 2 more rehab starts to get stretched back out.  Pineda is more valuable to the Major League club when he's able to throw a full workload, and with the team initially estimating he would not be back until September there's little reason to rush him now.  He's got plenty of time to get some more rehab starts in, it only makes sense to use them.