Brian Cashman speaks to media about injured Yankees pitchers

05/23/2013 5:33 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Ivan Nova's last outing was April 26, when he allowed two runs in two innings against the Blue Jays.(AP)
On the Yankees’ final off day of May, general manager Brian Cashman spoke to the media about the myriad of injured Yankees working their way back to the Bronx. Below, in bullet form, is an update on the five pitchers currently on the team’s disabled list, culled from Cashman’s chat on Thursday and manager Joe Girardi’s comments before Wednesday’s game in Baltimore:

-Michael Pineda threw five innings in an Extended Spring Training game on Thursday and reached 93 mph with his fastball, and Cashman said that he will need just one Extended Spring outing before beginning his official 30-day rehab assignment.

“I heard everything looked good today,” Cashman said of Pineda. “He’s currently showing that he’s healthy and he’s commanding his pitches and that’s all good, but he’s obviously got a ways to go. We’ll see, but so far so good.”

Staying on a five-day schedule, Pineda’s next outing would be on Tuesday, and should he be ready to go after that, his clock could begin as early as June 2. That timetable would, barring a setback and reset, see him ready to either join the 25-man roster or be optioned to Triple-A on July 2, but Cashman cautioned that it’s still far away and Pineda would have to be pitching well enough to earn a rotation spot if he does make it to the Majors.

“It’s good that he’s got a healthy arm and stuff, but he hasn’t gotten into the Minors with the higher competition yet,” Cashman said. “Until he’s an active player, he’s got hurdles.”

-Ivan Nova, who has been out since April 27 with triceps inflammation and later an unidentified upper-body injury, threw a light side session on Wednesday, with Joe Girardi saying before Wednesday's Yankees game in Baltimore that “we’re able to be patient because we want to make sure he’s healthy when he comes back.”

One day later, Cashman said Nova should be the “first one back” from the DL, quipping that "I’d say you’re going to see him pretty soon…very soon.” The GM was noncommittal about whether Nova would be in the rotation or not, but with Vidal Nuno scheduled to start Saturday’s game in Tampa, it’s possible that Nova could return to that spot in the rotation and start either that game or next Thursday’s Subway Series finale against the Mets at Yankee Stadium.

-Joba Chamberlain threw 13 pitches in a rehab appearance in Tampa on Wednesday and will pitch two innings in an Extended Spring Training game on Saturday, but there is no set plan for the reliever after that, with Cashman saying “let’s just see how Saturday goes first.”

-Andy Pettitte played catch on Thursday, and although Cashman had no update on that, Girardi had said Wednesday that “[Pettitte will] do some long toss, a bullpen and hopefully work it up to a simulated game,” and while he may not necessarily be activated when eligible on June 1, the team has his return “mapped out or semi-mapped out.”

-Cesar Cabral, who missed all of last year with a fractured elbow after being a Rule 5 draftee in 2012, began his 30-day rehab assignment at Class A Tampa on May 14, and through Wednesday, he had made three appearances. Barring a setback, his rehab clock expires June 12, and because of his Rule 5 status, he must either be activated to the 25-man roster or placed on waivers come June 13.

-Hiroki Kuroda, who left Wednesday's start with a bruised calf after taking a line drive off his leg, "feels fine" a day later, with Cashman saying that diagnosis came courtesy of a conversation he had with trainer Steve Donohue.

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