Michael Pineda progressing well in rehab

The right-hander hopes to return to the Yankees sometime in August
07/18/2014 7:21 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Michael Pineda pitches for the Yankees in April.(AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had both good and bad news about his pitching staff Friday, announcing that while CC Sabathia will undergo knee surgery next week and miss the remainder of the year, the team is still optimistic that they will get righty Michael Pineda back sometime in August.

"He's going through his throwing progression right now," Cashman said of Pineda. "We have actual dates in play that we're shooting for, but I'd rather not reveal what they are just yet because it seems like once you put them out there, then you have to alter them."

Pineda has been on the disabled list since May 6 and has not pitched since being ejected in Boston on April 24 for having pine tar on his neck. He suffered a Grade 1 strain to his Teres major muscle while pitching a simulated game during his ensuing 10-game suspension, and then suffered a pair of setbacks during the rehab process.

But Pineda has had a clean bill of health since re-starting his throwing program late last month, and what began as "baby steps," according to Cashman has turned into bullpen sessions and, hopefully soon, live hitters and an eventual rehab assignment.  

"He's throwing very well," Cashman said. "I think (pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) actually saw him throw a bullpen down in Florida during the break, and he's doing very well."

Pineda is 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA in four starts this season, and the Yankees could certainly use him sooner rather than later; four-fifths of the opening day rotation is on the disabled list, with two of them (Sabathia and Ivan Nova) out for the season and Cashman unsure of any timetable for when (or if) Masahiro Tanaka will return

"I don't think I have any expectations (on what will happen with Tanaka)," the GM said. "He had the injection, and he'll rest and get treatment, and when he's symptom-free he'll start a throwing program. That will be the usual, bullpens and BP and a rehab assignment, but all of that has to happen without issue."

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