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Michael Pineda ready for rehab assignment

Jul 29, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT

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Some good news here for the Yankees’ rotation.

MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that right-hander Michael Pineda threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday afternoon in front of manager Joe Girardi and has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week. The date and location for Pineda’s rehab debut has not yet been determined.

Pineda hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game since being suspended for pine tar use in late April. He suffered a teres major muscle strain in a side session while serving out that 10-game punishment and has experienced more than one setback. The Yankees are hoping that he’s finally past the complications.

Pineda had a 1.83 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings (four starts) this season for New York before hitting the shelf and could provide a big boost for the Yankees’ staff down the stretch.

  1. bigharold - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    It would be a nice change of pace for the Yankees to get some positive news about their rotation.

    One can only hope.

  2. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Michael Pineda

    The gift that never gives. How many times will we fall for it? Oh, fear no more! Michael Pineda is coming!!

    Please, no more. Overweight, injured, cheating. Always some setback that we need to get over and realize that our savior Michael Pineda, is on his way. Have faith!!!

    No, thanks.

  3. pete2112 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    I’m not believing this news until I see at least five consecutive starts from him and even then I’m not sure I’m going to fall for it.

  4. beastmode5150 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Pineda and Montero are pretty much a wash.

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