Michael Pineda throws 20-pitch, pain-free bullpen session


Via Wally Matthews: Michael Pineda threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday and reported no pain in his strained back/shoulder. “It’s really encouraging,” said Joe Girardi to Dan Martin. “Obviously, as the intensity heats up a little bit, you pay attention to how he’s doing, but so far, he’s had no setbacks and he’s doing well.”

Pineda. 25, is scheduled to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session today and he could soon head to Tampa to ramp up workouts. He has been on a throwing program for about a week now and Friday was his first time pitching off a mound since landing on the disabled list earlier this month. Big Mike will likely throw several more bullpen sessions before getting into minor league rehab games, so he is still several weeks away. Early-June seems like the earliest he will return.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. ALZ says:

    Who needs rehab?
    70 pitches of Pineda better than 100 from Phelps.

    • Jon says:

      Phelps doesn’t use pine tar to help him pitch. Hopefully, Pineda learned his lesson but you never know. Phelps has done a great job for the Yankees and you never have to worry about a suspension. He only needs to learn to be more efficient. He’s a talent – let’s give a chance to develop.

  2. TWTR says:

    The outcome of the season may turn on his recovery.

  3. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Great news. I think when CC returns I’d take Nuno out of the rotation since he’s pitched the worst of the fill ins. Between Phelps and Whitley I’d expect Phelps to retain his spot when Pineda returns.

    • Mike HC says:

      Word is CC is not all that close and Pineda still has some time to go it seems as well. But if all non Nova pitcher ever do get healthy at the same time, don’t be so sure Whitley doesn’t beat Phelps out for that fifth starter spot, partly because Phelps is useful in the Ramiro Mendoza role.

  4. Mike B says:

    With everything witnessing from Betances he can be the REAL replacement for MO as our closer over the next decade.

    • jjyank says:

      Whats wrong with Robertson?

      I’m content to have Betances earn his stripes as a set up man for awhile.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Forget “set up” man or “8th inning” man or “closer” I want Betances (as long as it’s good Betances) coming in when it’s second and third, nobody out, and the Yankees up 1 because 15.53K/9, 44.7% K-Rate, and 56.1% GB Rate.

        • CS Yankee says:


          He should be the high leverage guy in the 5th-6th-7th-whatever.

        • Stratocaster says:

          Yeah, he’s done very well so far in more of a fireman role. I don’t see any reason to mess around with something that’s working.

    • Jon says:

      Betances will be the 8th inning guy for two years probably. He’s been spectacular. The only question is “Can Robertson be consistent on saves during that time?” If so, we are set for 8 and 9. If not, Betances moves into the closer role.

  5. pinch hitter says:

    What happened once he left the bullpen?

  6. Mike B says:

    Consider this on Betances. If he keeps this pace up in comparison to two other great Yankees HOF Closers:

    1.) Gossage type numbers – DB Averaging almost 2 strike outs per inning pitched. Goose averaged slightly more than 1 per inning.

    2.) Mo type ERA – 1.85

  7. Dalek Jeter says:

    Has anybody taught him how to properly adorn himself with Pinetar and sunscreen yet?


  8. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    Please stay healthy. Please stay healthy.

    Pitching just has to hold it together for another month. The offense will help immensely too.

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