May
21

Pineda throws 30-pitch bullpen session, could soon face hitters

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Michael Pineda threw a 30-pitch bullpen session this afternoon and reported no discomfort in his strained back/shoulder, according to Meredith Marakovits. They will determine the next step — either another bullpen session or throwing to hitters — after they see how he feels tomorrow. “I don’t know exactly when the date (for the start of a rehab assignment) is going to be,” said Joe Girardi to Chad Jennings.

Pineda, 25, started a throwing program last week and this was this third bullpen session. Girardi has already said he will need longer than the original 3-4 week rehab time to return to the team, and given their usually conservative approach, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pineda threw another bullpen before facing hitters again. The important thing is that he’s making progress. Pineda went from great story fifth starter to key piece of the rotation in the blink of an eye.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    If they can get him back, I’m so much more confident with Kuroda as the #3, and then it slots your lesser starters in the backend.

  • lightSABR

    I’m not going to get my hopes up, I’m not going to get my hopes up…