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Michael Pineda has a poor rehab outing

Jul 1, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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Last week Michael Pineda tossed six shutout innings in a Double-A rehab start and looked to be close to making his MLB return. But yesterday he took a step back.

No reports of physical problems, but he looked awful yesterday lasting only three innings while allowing four runs on four hits and four walks. He gave up two home runs and only 32 of his 67 pitches were strikes.

His velocity was in the low 90s which is probably OK for him at this point, but he’s definitely showing uneven progress on the road back to the bigs.

  1. CliffC - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    You mean a pitcher coming back from shoulder surgery and missing a full year is going to have control problems? Color me shocked.

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Guess this newsworthy, but c’mon anyone coming off surgery is gonna have their ups n downs.

    Gotta allow for a few more starts before making any judgments.

  3. sdelmonte - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Simple question: better to stretch his time in rehab out for as long as possible, or to bring him up to the Bronx simply because the Yankees rotation is struggling of late?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Still think you have to option him for a couple weeks after his rehab, let him continue to work through his control issues.

  4. paperlions - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Coming back from that surgery, I think any outing in which his velocity is solid and he doesn’t have arm/shoulder issues is a good outing. Inconsistent control isn’t too surprising at this point.

  5. cackalackyank - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    At this point might as well let him work on control, a third and fourth pitch etc etc etc. No need to hurry… it is 2014

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