Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pineda Strong Again In Latest Rehab Start

In injury/comeback-related news that's not playing out like a middle school argument, Michael Pineda made his latest MiL rehab start last night for Double-A Trenton and turned in another good performance.  He tossed 6 shutout innings with just 2 hits and 2 walks allowed and 4 strikeouts.  With a pitch count of 80, Pineda threw 77 pitches (52 for strikes) and according to Mike Ashmore was hitting 95 on the radar gun.

This is the same type of stuff we've seen from Pineda in his previous rehab outings and the news continues to be encouraging.  With less than 2 weeks left on his 30-day rehab window, Pineda should be looking at 2 more starts before the Yankees have to make their decision and I'd like to see both of those come against the highest level hitters possible in Triple-A.  The smart move is probably to send him down to the Minors again to regain the year of team control, but there's still time until that call has to be made.

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