Pineda throws two innings and 28 pitches in Extended Spring Training

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According to George King and Zach Braziller, Michael Pineda threw two innings and 28 pitches in an Extended Spring Training game this morning, his first game action since being placed on the disabled list with a back/shoulder injury. He struck out four and allowed an unearned run on two singles and a walk. Twenty of the 28 pitches were strikes.

The ExST outing does not start Pineda’s official 30-day rehab window. That won’t happen until he pitches for one of the actual minor league affiliates. King and Braziller say Pineda will likely pitch in another ExST game this coming weekend, so the Yankees are understandably bringing him along slowly despite their rotation needs. He isn’t expected to return to the team until mid-June. The most important thing is that he’s healthy.

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  • Chip Rodriguez

    Good news. Just a few more weeks of our bandaid Whitley/Nuno/Phelps rotation.

    Now back to wondering about Beltran.

  • TWTR

    I hope he is getting a remedial course in pine tar application as well. ;)

  • RkyMtnYank

    Given that it is the end of May, I am curious what “Extended Spring training” really means? I assume it is just a term for players to rehab down in Tampa without starting their rehab window, but, given that this was a “game”, who were the players and where did they come from to make this different than a bp or batting practice session?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      It’s Spring Training for the short season leagues

    • Mike Axisa

      It’s a continuation of minor league Spring Training, which is basically the same thing as ML ST, just without the attention. They travel to play other ExST teams and everything. The report says Pineda pitched against the Phillies team.

      • RkyMtnYank

        Great, thank you!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I…….never knew this. I honestly thought it was a bunch of drills, much like the early days of ST.

        You now have to add ExST games to DOTF.

        Ya learn sumthin new every day.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner


    • TWTR

      The key may be to change the location every inning, but never ever on am exposed body part. More seriously, he may not need it in warm weather.

      • vicki

        yep. i think we can put a pin in that until october (knock wood).

      • RetroRob

        I don’t think it’s just where he’s putting it, but how much. Near-blind people sitting in the upper deck could see the glob of glistening goo.

        Hopefully the warmer weather helps.

    • JOhn C

      UP YOUR ASS!!!!!!!!

      • TWTR

        Unless he comes to games disguised as a rosin bag, that might present a problem.

    • LarryM Fl

      Between the cheeks of his A$$, the Yankee brain trust believes no umpire will put their finger on the substance to verify if it is pine tar or ?

      Smart move by Cashman and Levine, the only umpires who threaten this theory are Joe West, Bob Davis and Laz Diaz.

    • Dick M

      It sure seems to me that under the bill of the cap is where everyone else puts it.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Get well soon Big Mike. My fantasy season is hinged on your success… and oh yeah, the Yankees too I guess.

  • JLC 776

    Stay healthy, Big Mike. We need you!

  • Jonathan

    This is great news but after last years disaster team (that was somehow dominant) I was really hoping at least Pineda and Beltran would be back for the 4 games I get to see them a year (6/6-6/9 in KC). I really don’t want to see Phelps/Nuno/Whitley/Kuroda and listen to all of the idiots in Kauffman

    • vicki

      but think of how much funnier it’ll be when our scrubs shut down their horrid offense.

      • LarryM Fl

        If your a Yankee fan in the opposing team’s stadium it can be problematic but fear not sometimes we have more Yankee fans than home team fans. Ownership of the opposing team counts on it.

    • Masahiro Nakamura

      Would be funny if the only pitcher you missed was Tanaka.

  • Dick M

    Pineda is the game changer. A potentially dominant number 2 behind Tanaka.

  • adjusts batting gloves

    Is there any proof that the Yankees are more conservative with pitcher injuries and injuries in general than other teams…Or is this something that’s changed league-wide relative to years past? If the Yankees are going on the assumption that there are a limited number of pitches/innings in Pineda’s arm this year, why waste more than necessary on rehab starts? let him pitch 1 ExSt game, then high A for a few innings and then skip triple A and throw him back into the big leagues. It’s not as if pitching in Tampa is less stressful on his shoulder than pitching against the Twins next week…I wonder if this is mostly media driven…if he got reinjured at the MLB level, the FO would get skewered. If he gets reinjured in the minors, he was “rehabbing and had a setback.”