Pineda throws six scoreless innings in latest rehab start

Update: Brignac clears waivers and elects free agency
Williams & Sanchez homer in Tampa win

In his latest minor league rehab start for Double-A Trenton, right-hander Michael Pineda allowed two singles and two walks in six scoreless innings. He struck out four (all swinging) and threw 52 of 77 pitches for strikes (68%). Mike Ashmore says scouts had him sitting 92 and topping out at 95, which is consistent with what we’ve heard in recent weeks. Ashmore also has a ton of video, if you’re interested.

Pineda, 24, has now made three real rehab starts to go along with one simulated game. His 30-day rehab window expires on July 8th, at which point the Yankees must activate him off the DL and either add him to the big league roster or option him to the minors. It seems inevitable that he’ll go down for the two or so weeks necessary to delay his free agency by a year, but things could change between now and then. No word on when or where Pineda will made his next rehab start, but both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton will be on the road in five days.

Update: Brignac clears waivers and elects free agency
Williams & Sanchez homer in Tampa win
  • trr

    I’ve been kind of a doubter on Pineda, but happy to say so far, so good…

  • John letizia

    I was at game tonight and he looked pretty good. Throwing mid 90’s for first 2-3 innings. Seemed to get tired quickly after that but it was hot and coming off injury not a surprise. I was very happy to watch him pitch tonight. Getting excited for him to get to yanks.

  • Anchen

    Pineda was throwing pretty hard but he didn’t get many swings and misses on the fastball I felt (I only really recall one high fastball that got a swing and miss). Slider seemed great though. Control wasn’t quite as sharp as it shoulda been (the 2 walks), but all in all another encouraging start. I actually felt like he was pitching a bit better as the game went on, getting more swings and misses, although he was getting a bit wilder too. Slade also got totally robbed of a HR.

  • Eddard

    When he’s ready to return he’s going to get a starting job. I think they’re keeping Nova in the wings for when Hughes gets slaughtered on Thursday. I wouldn’t pitch Hughes in YS vs Texas. If he has another 4 IP, 5 ER game I think Nova will keep the seat warm until Pineda is back.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Not only do I think they should keep him down for the extra year of team control, but I wouldnt mind him throwing at least a couple more 80 pitch outings to build up his arm strength. The possibility of gaining some mph and strengthening the shoulder before reaching the majors.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    This is very exciting news about Pineda sitting 92 and topping out at 95.

    Before the injury in 2011, he averaged 94.2 and topped out at 99. Considering he’s almost certainly still building arm strength, in the future as he gets further away from the surgery, it’s not unreasonable to think his velocity is going to be pretty damn close to where it was before the surgery.

    Finally, something breaking the Yankees way.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Exactly. Like I’ve been saying pretty much since it happened, Jose Valverde, Anibal Sanchez and Roger Clemens were fine once they got back, and Pineda should be too.

      Yeah, he technically tore his labrum, but it was a completely different injury from the typical (SLAP) labrum tear that ends most pitchers’ careers.

  • jsbrendog

    Good news everyone!

  • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

    Did we win the trade yet?