Report: Michael Pineda likely to return to Yankees rotation next week
Pineda will make his second rehab start on Friday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the goal is for him to throw 75 to 80 pitches. The right-hander tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in an Aug. 3 rehab start.
The 25-year-old was acquired by the Yankees in January 2012 for top prospects Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi. But Pineda did not throw a pitch for New York until 2014 due to sustaining tendinitis and an anterior labral tear in his right shoulder.
Pineda made four starts for the Yankees earlier this season, going 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA, before he was suspended 10 games for what appeared to be pine tar on his neck. While serving the suspension, he strained a muscle in his shoulder that has kept him out since.
In Pineda's 2011 rookie season, he went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and 173 strikeouts for the Seattle Mariners.
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