Pineda, Cabral, and Rapada continue rehabbing in Tampa


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.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Damix says:

    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?

  2. jsbrendog says:

    is it weird to be irrationally excited for cabral?

  3. monterowasdinero says:

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

    Not optimistic but, of course, hopeful.

  4. Barry says:

    What’s the weird rule?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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 says:

        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..

  5. Lo says:

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

    • Preston says:

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

      • trr says:

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

        • Preston says:

          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 says:

        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.

  6. Manny's BanWagon says:

    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.

  7. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    *feeling guapo*

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