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Pineda has success in first official rehab start

The right-hander threw 58 pitches in 3 1/3 scoreless innings on Sunday
08/03/2014 3:50 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Michael Pineda hasn't pitched for the Yankees since April 23.(AP)
New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda had a successful first official rehab start on Sunday, throwing 58 pitches over 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Pineda faced 14 batters in the RailRiders' 3-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field, throwing 37 of his 58 pitches for strikes and allowing three hits and one walk while striking out four.

"I feel my shoulder is really strong. I feel good. I'm ready to go," Pineda told the media after the game.

Pineda retired the leadoff batter but then had to work out of trouble in the first, as he walked Will Rhymes and allowed a single to Stephen Souza before fanning both Tyler Moore and ex-Yankee Brandon Laird to escape the threat.

The righty wiggled out of a sticky situation in the second as well, working around a two-out double by Jeff Howell - one that saw Howell advance to third on a Zoilo Almonte error - and after a 1-2-3 third, he allowed a leadoff double to Moore in the fourth; however, he coaxed a groundout from Laird to record his final out, and lefty Tyler Webb got a groundout and a strikeout to strand Moore at third and keep Pineda's line clean.

Pineda later threw five more pitches in the RailRiders' bullpen, allowing him to get closer to the 65-pitch threshold the Yankees had planned.

Following the game, Pineda did not know when or where his next rehab start will be - saying "I don't have any control there" - but did reveal that he would join the Yankees in New York this week to get some more work in.

He would be on turn to start again Friday, a day where both the RailRiders and Double-A Trenton scheduled to be home, and prior to Saturday's Yankees-Red Sox game in Boston, Yankees manager Joe Girardi intimated that there's a chance Pineda's second rehab start could be the last.

"You get 60, 65 pitches tomorrow, and then you figure five days later you're getting close to 80, and you're starting to get pretty close," Girardi said. "The big thing is that he responds to going out there and physically feels good. And this is further than he was before, so it makes you feel that this injury is healed."

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