To say that the Yankees are eager for Michael Pineda to return is an understatement. After all, they need all of the quality pitching they can get in the remainder of this season to make a run to the playoffs.
Therefore, the team plans to not waste any time when he returns back to the big leagues. Pineda is scheduled to make another stride in his rehabilitation program today, as he is set to throw three innings. He will aim to throw about 45-50 pitches, and it is not clear if it will be through a simulated game.
The Yankees goal is to get Pineda to reach the 80-90 pitch mark. If he can do that without sustaining an injury, he can finally leave Tampa and rejoin the Yankees. The if factor will be huge, as he is starting to increase his pitch count and workout harder.
It hasn’t been an easy season for Pineda, or an easy career to say the least. This was his first season back since 2011, as he had to undergo shoulder surgery in 2012, which left him out of the game in 2012 and even 2013.
This season, he has struggled with injuries as well. Pineda landed himself on the disabled list on May 6th with a strained lat muscle, and has been on there ever since. He is scheduled to return to the team sometime in August, and the Yankees can do nothing but cross their fingers.