Yankees don’t expect Pineda to pitch in April

Considering how quickly the Yankees shut Michael Pineda down after finding out about his sore shoulder, it was somewhat surprising to see him throwing just a week after the injury.

However, Joe Girardi cautioned that it is still way too early to expect him back on the mound anytime soon and even went as far as to rule out April.

“That’s pretty safe to say, it’s the sixth already,’’ Girardi told George King of the NY Post.

As for when exactly we might be able to expect him back, Girardi said that’s too soon to tell.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “I think it’s too early until you see him get off the mound and see how he’s feeling and really draw up a plan. How many rehab starts do you think he needs? A lot of it is, how long does it take him to get off a mound?”

“We’ll determine by the way he’s throwing when he’s ready,” Girardi said. “Maybe not so much by velocity, but how he’s throwing, his command and his location. But velocity is part of his game.”

Pineda has now played catch for two straight days and is scheduled to long-toss on Saturday. While Girardi has ruled out April, early May is still on the table.

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