Michael Pineda won’t pitch in a game until September, but he is making progress in August. And what he did this afternoon brings him one step closer to returning to the Yankees rotation.
According to Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network, Pineda threw off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list. He threw 25 pitches (all fastballs) and reported no problems with his arm. Pineda will throw his first full bullpen on Thursday.
While Pineda is one step closer to returning to the Yankees, Chase Headley is out of the lineup with sore legs. Joe Girardi described Headley as ‘banged-up’, which prompted him to not put Headley in the starting lineup. Headley is available to pinch-hit off the bench.