Some big news today, Michael Pineda is scheduled pitch in an extended spring training game in Tampa tomorrow, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. This will be the first time he’s thrown in a game since he hurt his shoulder on March 30.
Pineda is scheduled to pitch about two innings. Even though this is a really positive sign, the Yankees have been very cautious in letting him rehab and will probably want to give him six or seven starts on a minimum before considering to put him back on the roster. My guess is that with no setbacks, we can realistically start expecting him back around May 26.
As for Andy Pettitte, Carig reported that due to concerns about the weather, his start was changed from a High-A Tampa game to an extended spring training game. Not a big deal, they just want to make sure he pitches.
Pettitte pitched four innings in his last minor league start so expect him to throw five or six innings today depending on his efficiency. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier in the week that he would want to get Pettitte about three or four starts before considering him for the rotation. That means that he could potentially pitch for the Yankees by May 5 at the earliest. May 10 is probably more likely though.