Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pineda Strong In His Second Rehab Start

Michael Pineda made his second rehab start yesterday, a simulated game at the team's Tampa complex, and came through it very well.  He pitched the equivalent of 5.2 scoreless innings with just 3 hits and a walk given up and 5 strikeouts.  He threw 74 pitches, a slight increase from his first start, and although I haven't read any reports or tweets on his velocity it's safe to assume it was in that same low-to-mid 90s range it's been for the past few weeks.

There was some talk earlier in the week about this start taking place with Double-A Trenton while High-A had their All Star Game this weekend, but the team decided they wanted this second start to be in a controlled environment.  Pineda didn't report problems with the shoulder, so I expect we'll see him with High-A Tampa or Trenton again this week with a pitch limit around 80.  Another small step in the right direction.

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