Via Ken Davidoff: Right-hander Michael Pineda “received strong reviews” for his 51-pitch Extended Spring Training start on Saturday. No word on his velocity, but he reportedly touched 95 in previous outings. I think this was his fourth ExST start, but don’t hold me to that.
The Yankees are planning to have the 24-year-old Pineda make two more ExST starts — one on Thursday and another next Tuesday — before starting his official 30-day rehab window by sending him out with one of the full-season affiliates. They want to get him stretched out to 65 pitches before starting the rehab clock, and I’m guessing they’ll use all 30 days to make sure he’s completely ready. I guess the state of the rotation in late-June will determine what happens after that, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The good news is Pineda continues to make progress.