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This afternoon, Joe Girardi confirmed that tests revealed a new strain in a different spot in David Phelps‘ right forearm. He will be shut down for two weeks before he can resume throwing and whatnot. The good news is that it’s just his forearm and not his elbow. Phelps has been on the DL for exactly a month now.

In other pitching injury news, Girardi confirmed tests on Michael Pineda‘s right shoulder came back clean. It’s just tightness and nothing structural. He’ll be shut down for 7-10 days as a precaution. Pineda left his last start with Triple-A Scranton due to stiffness in that surgically repaired shoulder. Good news considering shoulder trouble is usually very bad news.

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Right-hander Michael Pineda is heading to New York for tests after leaving Friday’s start with stiffness in his surgically repaired right shoulder. He exited after only two innings and 29 pitches. The Yankees have been limiting Pineda to three or so innings per start recently in an effort to control his workload. He’s thrown about 40 innings since having surgery last May.

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4:37pm: Pineda has officially been activated off the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Scranton. Curtis Granderson was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot.

11:22am: Via Donnie Collins: Michael Pineda is scheduled to start for Triple-A Scranton on Thursday, which is a pretty great indication the Yankees will option him down rather than add him to the big league roster when his rehab clock expires tomorrow. This isn’t much of a surprise; he never eclipsed 80 pitches during his rehab assignment and there’s no room for him in the MLB rotation. The good news is that if Pineda stays down for 2-3 weeks, his free agency will be pushed back from 2016 to 2017.

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There will be no regular minor league update tonight — all of the box scores are here (3B Eric Jagielo hit his first pro homer) — but here are the all-important rehab updates:

  • Derek Jeter (ankle) went 0-for-2 with a walk for Triple-A Scranton. He grounded out to third and hit a line drive at the second baseman. The Cap’n played five innings at shortstop and only had to field one ground ball, which was hit right at him. He said his ankle felt fine afterwards, and the plan is to DH tomorrow then re-evaluate.
  • Alex Rodriguez (hip) went 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and a run scored for High-A Tampa. He singled back up the middle and played six innings at third base, fielding two ground balls and one line drive. I assume A-Rod will remain with Tampa and just continue getting at-bats and innings in the field.
  • Michael Pineda (shoulder) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings for Triple-A Scranton. He struck out seven and threw 56 of 78 pitches for strikes (72%) while sitting right in that 92-93 mph range with his fastball. Pineda’s minor league rehab window expires on Monday, so the Yankees have to activate him off the DL and either add him to the big league roster or option him to the minors. Hard to believe he won’t remain with the Triple-A squad for another few weeks, especially after never throwing more than 80 pitches during the rehab assignment.
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Some injury updates, courtesy of Zach Braziller and George King:

  • Derek Jeter (ankle) is close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment. He continues to take simulated at-bats in Tampa, and he is running the bases after each one. The Yankees haven’t set a date for the rehab assignment yet, but Brian Cashman said “he’s doing real well. He’s really progressing well.”
  • Curtis Granderson (hand) swung a pipe 20 times underwater. He has to progress to a short bat and a weighted short bat underwater before taking real live batting practice. So yeah, Granderson isn’t close to a return.
  • Hiroki Kuroda (hip) will be re-evaluated by a doctor today. An MRI revealed no tear and the plan is to get him back into the rotation shortly. Ivan Nova is starting in Kuroda’s place tonight.
  • Michael Pineda (shoulder) will make his final rehab start with Triple-A Scranton tomorrow. His 30-day rehab window expires on Monday and it seems likely the Yankees will option him to Triple-A for some more tune-up starts at that time.
  • In case you missed it yesterday, Frankie Cervelli suffered a stress reaction in his elbow and has been shut down for at least two weeks. He isn’t expected to return until sometime in August now.
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Via Andrew Marchand: The Yankees have not ruled out using Michael Pineda as a reliever in the second half if there isn’t any room for him in the rotation. For what it’s worth, Joe Girardi said they consider him a starter. “That’s how I’ve seen him … I don’t see using him any other way right now, but a lot of things that have happened this year,” said the skipper.

Pineda, 24, got knocked around pretty good in his penultimate rehab start on Sunday, allowing four runs in three innings while throwing more balls than strikes for Double-A Trenton. There’s time for just one more rehab start before his 30-day window expires on Monday. Barring a DL-worthy injury or a trade involving two starters, I have to think the team will option Pineda to Triple-A for a few weeks after the rehab stint is over. That will push his free agency back a year. I’m not necessarily opposed to temporarily using him out of the bullpen down the stretch, but I’d prefer to see Pineda work on a set schedule with a routine so soon after shoulder surgery.

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In his second minor league rehab start with Double-A Trenton, Michael Pineda allowed four runs on four hits, four walks, and a hit batsman in just three innings of work. He struck out four and only 32 of his 67 pitches were strikes (47%).

Pineda’s rehab window expires on July 8th, so there’s time for just one more tune-up game. At this point, I have to think the Yankees will send him to Triple-A Scranton when the clock is up. They’ll “but back” a year of control and he’ll get to continue to work where results don’t matter following surgery.

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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.

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Right-hander Michael Pineda will make his next minor league rehab start with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday, the team announced. The Thunder will be home that night, so if you want to catch the game you can buy tickets right here. He is returning from shoulder surgery, as you know.

Pineda, 24, has made two starts with High-A Tampa and thrown one simulated game as part of his rehab so far. He’s allowed three runs (one earned) in 14 total innings, striking out 12 and walking three. Cashman has said the righty has sat around 92 and touched 95 during his rehab work. The 30-day rehab window expires on July 8th, so at that point the Yankees will have to activate Pineda off the DL and either add him to the big league roster or option him to Triple-A. If he spends roughly 2-3 weeks in the minors following rehab, the team will push his free agency back from 2016 to 2017. Seems like a no-brainer.

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In his second minor league rehab start with High-A Tampa, right-hander Michael Pineda allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk in four innings of work. He struck out three (all swinging) and got four ground balls compared to six in the air. No word on his velocity or pitch count, but he was expected to throw around 80 pitches.

The 24-year-old Pineda’s rehab clock expires on July 8th, so he has another three or four starts to go before the team has to decide whether to stick him on the roster or option him to the minors. That’s something to worry about when the time comes. I suppose Pineda could make move up a level and make his next rehab start with Double-A Trenton, but the team has yet to announced their plans. The Thunder will be home early next week, making travel easy.

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