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.