Pineda throws 74 pitches across 5.2 innings in latest rehab game

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In yesterday’s Extended Spring Training rehab start, Michael Pineda allowed no runs on three hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out five and threw 57 of 74 pitches for strikes (77%). I wouldn’t worry too much about the specific results — ExST is a very controlled environment — the important thing is that he and his surgically repaired shoulder threw those 74 pitches and came through in one piece.

No word on what the next step will be, but High-A Tampa will be done with their All-Star break on Monday. Pineda could make his next rehab start there, or they could bump him up to Double-A Trenton, who will be on the road in Akron next week. We’ll find out eventually. Either way his 30-day rehab window expires on July 8th.

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  • LawStudent

    Obligatory “Yanks win the trade” comment

    • Pat D

      Thanks for obliging.

  • Eddard

    Get him healthy and get him up here. It’s quite simple, there are 4 starters producing right now and 1 starter who is not. That 1 starter needs to go and give Pineda a shot. Cashman should be looking at destinations for Phil Hughes.

    • JoeyA

      Would anyone be surprised to see Hughes to go a big ballpark & thrive?

      For a guy whose had questions about what’s going on between the ears, I think knowing he’s in a bigger ballpark & can get away with a few more mistakes will help him.

      Never hated the guy, just hated his not living up to, in retrospect, pretty lofty expectations. Wish him the best as long as he goes to the NL. Hopefully for him, he goes to a big park & cuts down on HR totals.

      • Eddard

        I wouldn’t be surprised. The NL has done wonders for AJ Burnett. Lesser offenses and a more spacious ballpark would be the best fit for Phil. He’s a flyball pitcher in a HR ballpark.

        CC, Kuroda and Andy aren’t going anywhere so it’s down to Phelps and Hughes. Phelps has the 2nd best ERA on the staff and the highest strikeout rate on the staff. Hughes needs to go. If Pineda can pitch to a 5 ERA he’ll equal Hughes and I think he can be much better.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          NL didn’t do wonders for AJ’a calf, though.

          • vicki

            i don’t know how long a calf tear takes to mend, but if i’m the pirates i don’t sneer at 291.2ip in a season and a third, on the yanks’ dime no less.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Can’t argue there.

      • Matt DiBari

        Wouldn’t be surprised. Wouldn’t really care. Its not working here. Its like AJ Burnett. If he goes somewhere else and succeeds, God Bless him. The only guy I actually wished failure upon when he finally left was Pavano.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I’m pretty sure Baseball America ranked Hughes a top 5 prospect at one point so it’s not like the Yankees overhyped Hughes and fans had ‘unrealistic’ expectations.

        A big part would help but xFIP, which is park and league adjusted has Hughes as a league average pitcher. At best. Going to a place like Safeco helps a lot sure he’s still no All Star.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          xFIP just assigns him a normalized HR rate. If he moves to a large NL park, he’ll likely have a below average HR rate, which would lead him to outperform his xFIP.

  • JoeyA

    Obligatory velo question…

    But really though…93-94, touching 95-96 @ times?

  • trr

    Well, certainly more positive to read this than the game threads

    • vicki

      Of Mice and Men is more uplifting than game threads.

  • Preston

    Can he hit?

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  • Gonzo

    How do they approach holding him down in the minors to get an extra year of control? Or do they?

    • Jonathan

      I’m pretty sure after his rehab window starts they option him to Triple-A and leave him there for 2 weeks to recoup the extra year of control.

    • Larch

      As I understand it, they can just option him down to AAA/AA after the 30-day rehab window is over. He does still have option so that’s not an issue.

      Given the severity of the injury, it’s in everyone best interest to be cautious, and for that reason the union is unlikely to object.

  • Roba Has No Innings Limit (and needs Tommy John)

    At this point I’m just pleased that his arm doesn’t fall off.

  • Evan3457

    With the way this organization does things, I take the lack of an announced velocity to be a bad sign, in terms of velocity. If it had been good, they’d have included that fact.

    If they include a positive velocity report after being repeatedly requested for it, take it with a grain of salt.

    • jimmy james

      The guy is coming back from MAJOR shoulder surgery, I wouldn’t expect his pre-injury velocity any time soon, if ever again. I’m happy he’s in the mid-90’s. At this point, you take what you can get and try to make him into a dominate pitcher with what he has now. If he regains that extra oomph, then that’s even better.