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During a conference call this afternoon, Brian Cashman provided a bunch of updates on the various injured Yankees. Here’s a recap:
- Derek Jeter (ankle) took his hacks in batting practice and also off a tee and soft toss. The Cap’n fielded ground balls with a little side-to-side movement for the first time (ever! zing!) as part of his rehab as well.
- Alex Rodriguez (hip) will face live pitchers on Tuesday for the first time as part of his rehab. Going from simulated games to minor league rehab games to the big leagues is probably a four-week process for a guy who didn’t have a Spring Training, so yeah, All-Star break if everything goes well.
- Mark Teixeira (wrist) will not be available for at least seven days, and Cashman said he is “leaning personally” towards placing him on the DL. Let’s hope they do that, playing short-handed and potentially bringing him back too soon would suck.
- Michael Pineda (shoulder) will make his next minor league rehab start with High-A Tampa on Thursday. He’s scheduled to throw 80 pitches. Cashman said Pineda has been sitting 92 and touching 94-95 during his rehab so far.
- Curtis Granderson (hand) will have the pin removed on Thursday. No word on how long it will be before he can resume baseball activities, but getting the pin taken out is a start.
- Frankie Cervelli (hand) is still a week or so away from swinging a bat. He has been playing catch and working on receiving drills behind the plate.
- Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) took some ground balls and did some light hitting off a tee and soft toss. It’s possible he could return before the All-Star break, but Cashman didn’t seem confident.
In yesterday’s Extended Spring Training rehab start, Michael Pineda allowed no runs on three hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out five and threw 57 of 74 pitches for strikes (77%). I wouldn’t worry too much about the specific results — ExST is a very controlled environment — the important thing is that he and his surgically repaired shoulder threw those 74 pitches and came through in one piece.
No word on what the next step will be, but High-A Tampa will be done with their All-Star break on Monday. Pineda could make his next rehab start there, or they could bump him up to Double-A Trenton, who will be on the road in Akron next week. We’ll find out eventually. Either way his 30-day rehab window expires on July 8th.
Tuesday: Change of plans. Pineda will instead throw a 75-pitch simulated game in Tampa on Friday instead of joining Double-A Trenton, the Yankees announced. They want him to stay in a controlled environment for whatever reason. Guessing that means they don’t think he’s ready to move up to a higher level just yet.
Monday: Via Ken Davidoff: Brian Cashman confirmed Michael Pineda will move up to Double-A Trenton for his next rehab start this Friday. He made his first minor league start with High-A Tampa over the weekend, but they’re off next weekend for the All-Star break. The Thunder will be on the road in Altoona unfortunately, so don’t plan that trip to Trenton to see Pineda pitch just yet. He still has another three or four rehab starts left after Friday, so I’m sure he’ll play at home eventually.
3:54pm: Reiber spoke to scouts at the game who said they had Pineda up to 95 mph with the fastball. “Looked like the guy I saw in [Triple-A Tacoma] a couple of years ago,” said one. Pineda, meanwhile, said he and his surgically repaired shoulder feel fine. He isn’t sure where his next start will be, however.
2:29pm: In his first minor league rehab start with High-A Tampa, Michael Pineda allowed two hits in 4.1 scoreless innings. He struck out four (all swinging) and walked one while throwing 42 of 68 pitches for strikes (62%). He was on a 65-70 pitch limit. The 30-day rehab window is officially underway and will expire on Monday, June 8th.
According to man on the scene Anthony Rieber, Pineda sat in the 92-93 mph range for most of the outing before tailing off and sitting around 90-91 in his final inning of work. He threw both fastballs and offspeed pitches. Tampa is off next weekend for the All-Star break, so Pineda might have to make his next start with one of the other affiliates. Low-A Charleston is home next weekend while both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton are on the road.
… because High-A Tampa’s game in Lakeland was rained out. What, were you worried it was something else? Sorry.
The weather isn’t looking too promising for tomorrow either, so I don’t know what the plan is for his rehab going forward. The 30-day rehab window doesn’t officially begin until he actually appears in a game, so that’s not an issue. I’m sure we’ll find out the plan eventually.
5:39pm: Cashman confirmed Pineda was sitting 93 and touching 94 yesterday, according to Andy McCullough. Just in case you were wondering.
12:00pm: Via Dan Martin & Brian Lewis: Right-hander Michael Pineda will begin an official 30-day minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Saturday. He came through yesterday’s 65-pitch Extended Spring Training outing just fine after cracking a fingernail last week. There have been no issues with his surgically repaired shoulder.
Brian Cashman has indicated the team will use all 30 days of the rehab assignment — so five or six starts, basically — before deciding whether the 24-year-old Pineda will be put into the big league rotation or sent to Triple-A for further fine-tuning. That decision will depend as much on the state of the rotation as it will his readiness, I think. It’s worth noting that if the Yankees send Pineda for Triple-A for roughly two weeks — after the rehab is over, it has to be an official optional assignment — they will delay his free agency by a year. That will essentially “buy back” the 2012 season they lost to injury.
Michael Pineda left today’s Extended Spring Training rehab start with a crack fingernail, Joe Girardi announced. His arm is fine but it sounds like he will have to be shut down for a few days, meaning the start of his official 30-day rehab assignment figures to be delayed. For what it’s worth, Girardi said Pineda was throwing the ball “very well.”
Via Joel Sherman & Andy McCullough: Right-hander Michael Pineda averaged 93 mph during today’s five-inning Extended Spring Training start according to team officials. I would take that with a grain of salt considering the source. Sherman says the plan is for Pineda to make one more ExST outing next week before going out on an official 30-day rehab assignment. The team will eventually decide if he is big league ready or in need of more Triple-A time.
Meanwhile, the Mariners demoted Jesus Montero to Triple-A today according to Ryan Divish. He hasn’t hit a lick since the trade, producing a miserable .252/.293/.377 (86 wRC+) line with 18 homers in 663 plate appearances to go along with awful defense behind the plate. Seattle is apparently going to work him out at first base in the minors, which is probably long overdue. This trade remains firmly in lose-lose territory. What a spectacular mess.
Via Ken Davidoff: Right-hander Michael Pineda “received strong reviews” for his 51-pitch Extended Spring Training start on Saturday. No word on his velocity, but he reportedly touched 95 in previous outings. I think this was his fourth ExST start, but don’t hold me to that.
The Yankees are planning to have the 24-year-old Pineda make two more ExST starts — one on Thursday and another next Tuesday — before starting his official 30-day rehab window by sending him out with one of the full-season affiliates. They want to get him stretched out to 65 pitches before starting the rehab clock, and I’m guessing they’ll use all 30 days to make sure he’s completely ready. I guess the state of the rotation in late-June will determine what happens after that, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The good news is Pineda continues to make progress.
Got a trio of injury updates to pass along…
- Michael Pineda (shoulder) will throw 50 pitches in an Extended Spring Training game tomorrow. Brian Cashman has said they want to stretch him out to 65 pitches before sending him out on an official rehab assignment. Seems like the earliest possible return is late-June. [Jack Curry]
- Travis Hafner (shoulder) will take batting practice before tonight’s game. If that goes well, he will be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter. The Yankees will face left-hander Mark Buehrle on Friday, so I guess the earliest Pronk will return to the lineup is Saturday. [Meredith Marakovits]
- Joba Chamberlain (oblique) is not yet ready to come off the DL. He’ll make at least one more minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Scranton. The Yankees swapped Brett Marshall for Dellin Betances today, just to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. [Bryan Hoch]
Update: Chad Jennings has lots more injury news, so let’s recap…
- Derek Jeter (ankle) was checked out recently and although he’s healing well, he’s still not ready to do any sort of baseball activities. He could shed his walking boot soon, however.
- Ivan Nova (triceps) will pitch in a minor league game on Monday. He felt some discomfort in his back last week, near his left shoulder, so he’s been setback a bit.
- Alex Rodriguez (hip) hit off a tee and soft toss the other day. It’s slow and stud with him, a minor league rehab assignment is still a long ways off.
- Kevin Youkilis (back) has also been hitting off a tee and soft toss, and he’s expected to take batting practice soon. Seems like David Adams‘ audition at third base will last for at least a few weeks.