Michael Pineda to begin rehab assignment Sunday

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Michael Pineda…you are officially on the rehab clock.

Pineda threw a 45-pitch simulated game today in Tampa and Joe Girardi heard Pineda was “very good”. The next game Pineda will throw will be a rehab game, and that will start Pineda’s 30 day clock before he can return to the Yankees.

“He will make a start somewhere,” Giradri said. “Four innings and 60-65 pitches will be his next move. Not exactly sure where it’s going to be — they were talking about that today — but it will be a regular game.

“It’s hard to tell where we’ll be when it’s his turn to come off,” Girardi said. “Where we’ll physically be. Some of these guys physically, they might feel good, but as we’ve seen, you can never have too many starters.”

If Pineda does return from his rehab stint, he would be the first Yankees starting pitcher to return to the team. CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova are both done for the season and uncertainty looms over Masahiro Tanaka.

The Yankees expect to have Pineda throwing at least 90 pitches before he comes off his rehab stint.

Some Notes

Brendan Ryan is playing second base today and Joe Girardi indicated it’s because Brian Roberts is physically beaten up. Girardi stated Roberts will be out for a few days as he battles fatigue and soreness.

He’s been beat up pretty good this year physically,” Girardi said. “He’s answered the bell every day that we’ve called upon him and he’s played hard for us. I’m not so sure that there could be a little bit (of fatigue) there, but there’s a little bit in everybody that’s running out there this time of year. … He’s dealing with soreness that players have. Legs get beat up, you hit balls off your feet, shins. It’s all part of it.”

Kelly Johnson is slated to return to the Yankees next Thursday when his stint on the DL is over.

 “As of now he’s doing pretty good,” Girardi said. “He’ll probably play a game or two of rehab just so he can get some at-bats. We feel that he’s going to be ready.”

— With Teixeira back, Brian McCann gets to go behind the plate…and Francisco Cervelli finally gets to have a day off after playing approximately eight games in a row.

— During yesterday’s post game, Yu Darvish received a question about Brett Gardner, considering Gardner has four home runs out of Gardner’s five hits against him. Darvish answered with this.

“I blame Brett Gardner’s parents for creating a ‘great hitter’.”

So how did Brett Gardner respond? He laughed…and laughed…and laughed. In simple terms, Gardner thought it was extremely funny. Gardner also wanted everyone to know Darivish said he was a “great hitter”, not just a “good hitter”.

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One Response to Michael Pineda to begin rehab assignment Sunday

  1. hotdog says:

    I was looking forward to seeing Pineda but I have my doubts about where his head is…he's talented and I hope he has the fierce drive to help the Yankees make the playoffs…