Found June 13, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda threw a successful rehab assignment on June 9. Next, he will throw a simulated game on Friday, June 14, so he can work more under the team's control. MLB.com's Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch reported the news Wednesday night and tweeted it to his followers: Change of plans: Yankees will have Michael Pineda pitch in a simulated game on Friday in Tampa. Want him in controlled environment. — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 12, 2013 Pineda pitched 4.2 innings on Sunday, allowing one unearned run for the Class-A Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. He reported no issues with his arm, and there is no physical reason for throwing the simulated game instead of a rehab game. Manager Joe Girardi simply wants to watch Pineda closely and help build the right-hander's pitch count and stamina. Said Girardi, "This way, we can control it. The other day he had one long inning and sometimes you worry about a guy that's rehabbing. This way you can build him up easier; he doesn't have to travel. Physically he's fine. Tuesday he threw his bullpen and he's ready to go." Girardi expects this to be Pineda's only simulated game. He expects Pineda to throw 75 pitches. Current projections indicate that Pineda could join the Yankees' rotation some time around the All-Star break, but general manager Brian Cashman has not ruled out the possibility of Pineda's pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a while first. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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