NEW YORK – A possible return date for Michael Pineda remains fuzzy. But the right-hander took a step forward in his rehab today when he threw his first bullpen session since starting the season on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda completed his scheduled 26-pitch session today with no issue.
“All good,” Cashman said.
The next step for Pineda is another bullpen session, after which it's possible he could progress to pitching in minor-league games. But the Yankees have also made it clear that they are going to exercise caution with the 23-year-old, who came from Seattle to New York in a blockbuster deal for top prospect Jesus Montero.
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Update (10:32pm): Via Carig, Joe Girardi said after tonight’s game that Pineda will throw another bullpen session in two or three days. I wonder if they’ll let him get in a minor league game after that. I suppose it depends on how things go in a few days.