Michael Pineda will make next rehab start with Double-A Trenton

Game 74: Encore
Saturday Night Open Thread

Right-hander Michael Pineda will make his next minor league rehab start with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday, the team announced. The Thunder will be home that night, so if you want to catch the game you can buy tickets right here. He is returning from shoulder surgery, as you know.

Pineda, 24, has made two starts with High-A Tampa and thrown one simulated game as part of his rehab so far. He’s allowed three runs (one earned) in 14 total innings, striking out 12 and walking three. Cashman has said the righty has sat around 92 and touched 95 during his rehab work. The 30-day rehab window expires on July 8th, so at that point the Yankees will have to activate Pineda off the DL and either add him to the big league roster or option him to Triple-A. If he spends roughly 2-3 weeks in the minors following rehab, the team will push his free agency back from 2016 to 2017. Seems like a no-brainer.

Game 74: Encore
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • Eddard

    See what Nova does tomorrow. If he pitches well keep him up and dump Hughes. Maybe try Hughes in the pen to fill Jobber’s role. Nova can keep the seat warm for a month until Pineda is ready. Pineda will start on the MLB club and it’s almost guaranteed Hughes is out.

  • jjyank

    I remain cautiously optimistic on Pineda. Obviously the numbers he puts up don’t tell us much in rehab starts, but I’m encouraged by the velocity.

    A return to form could be huge for the Yanks, given the fact that the 2014 rotation could be CC/Pineda/Phelps/Warren/Nova (or something very similar) if Pettitte and Kuroda retire and Hughes signs elsewhere.

  • Laz

    2011 BA top 100
    1. Harper
    2. Trout
    3. Montero

    My, how his stock has fallen.

    • OhioYanks

      Here’s hoping that they got out at the right time and Pineda provides a ton of value going forward.

  • trr

    I don’t see them “dumping” Hughes regardless of what Nova does tomorrow.

    • Laz

      They won’t dump CC, Kuroda, or Pettitte either.
      Hasn’t Phelps done enough to prove he belongs over Hughes?

  • Mick taylor

    Should have kept Wang abstracts Hughes for a bat. A combination of Wang Pineda and nova one of them would be as good as hughes

    • Get Phelps Up

      Hughes has had stretches of one bad start and two good ones too you know.

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  • Wayne

    Please dump hughes and Pineda after this year they both suuuuuuck!

    • jjyank

      Why in hell would they dump Pineda? Holy shit am I glad that you’re not running the team.

      • Pat D

        I’m hoping that was sarcasm/making fun of all the “Dump Hughes!” people.

        Considering the first name only male handle, I’m not optimistic.

        • OhioYanks

          Kind of doubt it. Wayne is a regular in the DoTF threads with pretty strong opinions on which Ps are incredible and which are terrible. Don’t seem to be too many who fall between those two extremes. Either a guy is a future ace who should never be traded, or a guy is just terrible and should be dumped now. I have no idea about his historical accuracy on these proclamations. I’ve mostly seen them for guys who are in A-ball or below.
          (Also, Hughes is not exactly good.)

  • OhioYanks

    Out of curiosity, what would stop them from activating him not and optioning him thereby getting the year back and potentially getting him back in MLB faster? Is it that there’s a rule against it, the 40-man roster spot, likely union reprisal, ruining their relationship with Pineda, or something else?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      They can’t option an injured player. I think until his rehab time is up, he’s still considered an injured player.
      I’m sure the union would challenge the move if the Yankees tried it.

  • vicki

    it’s a regular mensa meeting around here today.

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  • Mrs. Mattingly

    Anyone interested in taking a road trip to Pineda, NJ on Tuesday? I live in NYC.