Pineda, who has been playing catch more than a father of four boys this season, had no issues after his first session since having a setback, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:
Michael Pineda, starting his year all over again: 25 tosses from 60 feet, no problems.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 28, 2014
Since there are no problems, Pineda can focus on the next step in his recovery: playing catch again.
Sounds boring, but it's a step forward nonetheless. Expect a few more playing catch sessions before Pineda starts tossing simulated games, etc.
Here's the line for Sabathia after his first rehab start for Class A Tampa, per Meredith Marakovits of YES Network:
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) June 28, 2014
Not bad, but not great, either. Still, we have to give Sabathia more time before judging his line because he hasn't pitched in an actual game since early May and there could be rust.
One scout told Erik Boland of Newsday how Sabathia looked on the mound:
Scout who attended Sabathia's outing tonight said fastball sat at 87-89 and touched 90. Scout said: "Looks like spring training."
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 28, 2014
That velocity is right around where we've seen Sabathia averaging this season, and it hasn't brought him much success. Again, more time is needed before we can proclaim Sabathia's velocity the same as it was before his degenerative knee was discovered.
The hope has been that resting and treating Sabathia's injured knee would not only help him feel better physically, but also allow him to possibly push off better in order to gain more velocity on his pitches.
So far, that hasn't happened. There are two more rehab starts to go for Sabathia and until he completes them both, we can't talk about his return to the Yankees just yet.
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