According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda logged his first bullpen session since hitting the disabled list due to shoulder tendinitis. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that Pineda could pitch in a minor league game as soon as this weekend.
Yesterday’s bullpen session reportedly went well as Carig tweeted that Pineda threw 26 pitches. Following his short session, Pineda told reporters that he experienced no issues.
Pineda initially complained of discomfort in his shoulder late in March. After a spring training start in which he surrendered six runs over 2 2/3 innings, Pineda underwent an MRI which diagnosed the right-hander’s ailment as tendinitis.
The Yankees have already said that they are not expecting Pineda back this April, and Cashman has yet to set a timetable for the 23-year-old’s return. Manager Joe Girardi has said that Pineda could potentially require a full spring training’s worth of starts (six) at the minor league level before he is able to join the Yankees.
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