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Pineda has no problems after 58-pitch rehab start on Sunday

08/04/2014 7:44 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Michael Pineda will throw 75 pitches on Friday.(AP)
Michael Pineda made an appearance in the New York Yankees clubhouse on Monday, and proclaimed that he felt "very good" after his first official rehab outing Sunday.

"No problems. Everything feels good," he said one day after tossing 58 pitches (and five more in the bullpen) for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pineda wasn't limited in any way Sunday and was able to throw all of his pitches and he admitted Monday that he is also no longer under any special treatment plan for the strained Teres major muscle that has cost him the last three months.

"I threw everything like normal, and I got no treatment, nothing…everything is like it was before (the injury)," he said of his progress and current condition.

Pineda's next outing will be a 75-pitch session Friday at a location yet to be determined; with David Phelps now on the disabled list and the Yankees needing a starter that day, Pineda said he would be "happy" to make that start in the majors, but when pressed, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the righty is likely not an option.

"I'm going to say that I really don't think it's going to be here; sometimes circumstances dictate that you need a guy sooner than they're ready to be here, but sitting here today I'd say our plan is not for him to start here Friday," Girardi said Monday.

Instead, the skipper intimated in his pre-game press conference that it will likely be two more rehab starts at least before Pineda returns - but with the righty's next start set for 75 pitches and the one after that, likely to come on August 13, putting him at 90, Girardi believes it may only be two more weeks before Pineda returns to the Bronx after what will be, by then, nearly four full months since his last major-league start.

"When you get to that point (90 pitches), you get on the radar that they could be making their starts here, so (two weeks is) possible," Girardi said. "As I said, sitting here today, I wouldn't say he's making a start here Friday, but obviously he's getting closer."

And even though he could use Pineda, the process is all by design, says the skipper.

"The goal is to try to get him up to 90 to 100 pitches and have them throwing the ball well. You want to make sure a guy's healthy and at full strength - because competitive nature will kick in and you don't want them overthrowing and not be right - but you also want them sharp; that's all part of getting built back up." 

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