UPDATE: Thursday, July 31 at 7:34 p.m. ET
Weather permitting, Michael Pineda's rehab start will be Sunday for Triple-A Scranton/W-B. Four innings, 60-65 pitches.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 31, 2014
Pineda will likely need three rehab starts in order to get his pitch count high enough to get back to the big leagues.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 29 at 8:13 p.m. ET
Michael Pineda's rehab start is set for Sunday, although it isn't known where exactly he'll be pitching. Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com has the latest, including Pineda's timetable for return:
Michael Pineda threw three simulated innings and 45 simulated pitches in Tampa today, and his next stop is a real game, of the minor league variety, on Sunday.That will start the 30-day rehab clock that will culminate, hopefully, in Pineda's return to the Yankees sometime in August.
It looks like Pineda will need to make at least three rehab starts to build his pitch count, which makes it look like a mid-August return at the earliest, late August at the latest.
Better late than never.
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The 25-year-old has suffered multiple setbacks in his attempt to return from a back injury, but he now in the process of advancing further than he has since he went on the disabled list on May 6.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Pineda had a good bullpen session and is now ready to throw four innings in a minor league start:
Michael Pineda's session was "really good," Girardi said. Next outing will be in a minor league game, four innings, 60-65 pitches.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 29, 2014
That's great news for Pineda, who has become a major question mark for the Yankees. His checkered past with injuries leaves little hope for his return, although the Yanks aren't giving up on him just yet.
Pineda's numbers to start the season are why he'll be heavily hyped until he returns or doesn't. If New York could add him to their starting rotation with a healthy body, a chance at the playoffs is much more realistic.
Should he not make it through his rehab, it'll be good riddance to Pineda's season. There simply won't be enough time for him to go through the process again before the season ends.
There has also been rumors swirling that the Yanks could cut ties with him altogether. It's certainly understandable since paying Pineda in the future would be extremely risky based on his track record with the team.
If all goes well for Pineda in his rehab start, he could be looking at two more, possibly three before being ready to take a major league mound again.
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