In his second minor league rehab start with High-A Tampa, right-hander Michael Pineda allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk in four innings of work. He struck out three (all swinging) and got four ground balls compared to six in the air. No word on his velocity or pitch count, but he was expected to throw around 80 pitches.
The 24-year-old Pineda’s rehab clock expires on July 8th, so he has another three or four starts to go before the team has to decide whether to stick him on the roster or option him to the minors. That’s something to worry about when the time comes. I suppose Pineda could make move up a level and make his next rehab start with Double-A Trenton, but the team has yet to announced their plans. The Thunder will be home early next week, making travel easy.