Michael Pineda to throw in an extended Spring Training game

Michael Pineda 2 Michael Pineda has been on the disabled list for the last month, but he’s making some progress to return to the Yankees for the second week of June.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Michael Pineda will throw two innings in an extended Spring Training game, which is the next step of his rehab schedule. He had been out with a teres major muscle strain near his shoulder and was placed on the disabled list after his suspension in April.

The Yankees definitely could use Michael Pineda in the rotation, although the rotation hasn’t been bad: Chase Whitley has been brilliant, Vidal Nuno has been decent and David Phelps has been impressive. Pineda’s job is still waiting for him, but his goal now is to get through his extended Spring sessions without injury.

Some Notes

— I found this interesting stat while I was skimming through my game day notes: The Yankees are 11-5 in day games, making it the second best record in the Major Leagues. The San Francisco Giants (who coming into today have the best record in baseball), are first with a 13-4 record.

— After a long week in Chicago, the Yankees are going to pack up and go to Missouri to play three games against the St. Louis Cardinals. This is only the third series the Yankees and Cardinals have ever met in the regular season and the first time since 2005 the Yankees played at Busch Stadium. Coming into this series, the Yankees are 4-2 against the Cardinals.

Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball today for the Yankees, and it’s only fitting we discuss how he has 73 K’s in 9 starts, breaking a new record in the organization. He also hasn’t allowed a home run in his last three starts after allowing seven in his first six starts.

–Since April 25, Brett Gardner is hitting .330 (31-for-94) with 2 HR and 11 RBI. He’s been under the radar but without a doubt has performed to the Yankees standards.

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