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.