Michael Pineda threw for the first time since being shutdown with shoulder pain on Thursday, he threw 25 times from 60 feet and pitching coach Larry Rothchild said that Pineda felt no pain afterward, according to Joel Sherman and Chad Jennings.
It was a good first step, but the Yankees are still being cautious with him.
One of the things that Rothschild wants Pineda to focus on in his rehab is staying more North-South in his delivery, Sherman Tweeted Thursday. They think that Pineda got a little more East-West at times last year and did it again this spring to compensate for shoulder weakness. If he can do that they feel the velocity will come back once he’s completely healthy.
This is a good first step, but things will be slow. There is no word on when Pineda will throw again, let alone get back on a mound.