As if the Andy Pettitte 2012 Comeback Party and the Phil Hughes Early-Season Struggle Extravaganza weren't enough to stoke the rotation fire, the party could be getting crowded again in the next month or so with yesterday's news that Michael Pineda threw a 25-pitch bullpen session yesterday and reported no pain or problems with his right shoulder.
The word, according to Mark Carig, is that Pineda will throw another 'pen session sometime later this week and then who knows from there. If he comes through without any further problems, the next logical step would be a MiL rehab assignment. But with recent memories of Hughes' shoulder problems last year still fresh in everybody's mind, it wouldn't surprise me if the Yankees played it extra careful with Pineda. If I were a betting man, I'd say we see Andy back in the rotation before Big Mike.