Pineda, Cabral, and Rapada continue rehabbing in Tampa

Thoughts on a random Wednesday
Poll: When Will Derek Jeter Return?

Via Dan Martin, George King & Bryan Hoch: Injured hurlers Michael Pineda, Cesar Cabral, and Clay Rapada all continued their rehab work in Tampa yesterday. Pineda (shoulder) threw 35 pitches (broken down into two “innings”) in his third live batting practice session, which “looked batter than the first two.” Cabral (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in an Extended Spring Training game, and Rapada (shoulder) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game.

The 24-year-old Pineda faced hitters for the first time since surgery last week and still has a ways to go before starting an official minor league rehab assignment. Cabral, 24, is much closer to a return than Pineda and could go out on an rehab assignment relatively soon. He needs to spend at least 90 days on the active 25-man roster this year to satisfy the Rule 5 Draft rules. Rapada, 32, is expected to join Triple-A Scranton soon. He can’t rejoin the big league team until May 3rd at the earliest because of some weird rule.

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Thoughts on a random Wednesday
Poll: When Will Derek Jeter Return?
  • Damix

    And if Cabral doesn’t satisfy those rules, same thing next year?

    Also – say he comes back and spends 90 days on the active roster, could he then be optioned, or would that only take effect next year?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He could be optioned as soon as the 90-day requirement is met.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s theirs as soon as the 90 days are met. They can option him to Triple-A, whatever.

  • jsbrendog

    is it weird to be irrationally excited for cabral?

    • The Real Me

      I’m with you. This, of course, is all based on what we saw of him in ST last year. Who knows what he’s got now?

    • Havok9120

      I am as well. New blood, if nothing else.

  • monterowasdinero

    Shoulders…..bad stuff for pro pitchers to come back from.

    Not optimistic but, of course, hopeful.

  • Barry

    What’s the weird rule?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      If a player is released and signs a minor league contract with the same team, he has to wait 30 days to go back to the big leagues.

      • Barry

        Yeah I started thinking about it and I remembered you mentioning that one. Good refresher. I guess it stops teams from loop-holing the system..

  • Lo

    So what’s the eta for Pineda as of now?

    • Preston

      I don’t think it’s changed, assuming rehab goes well, he should be ready around the All-Star break.

      • trr

        Cautiously hopeful about Pineda….I’m assuming though, that he will spend several weeks (at least) in the minors?

        • Preston

          I don’t expect anything with him to happen quickly. I just hope he does enough this season that we are comfortable penciling him into the rotation for 2014.

      • Bo Knows

        From the sounds of his progress, he’d probably be fine much sooner but I don’t blame the Yankees for going very slowly. It seems like he’s essentially been in a sort of extended ST mode for the last month or so.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Doesn’t look like Jeter is coming back anytime soon. They backed off his rehab and at this point, I think best case scenario is mid May and more likely June.

    • trr

      Yes, and it could be even later, obviously I hope not…

  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    *feeling guapo*