Pineda visits Yanks, progressing with rehab

Pineda visits Yanks, progressing with rehab

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda showed up in the Yankees' clubhouse Tuesday after visiting doctors in New York, but he boarded a plane to continue his rehab in Tampa, Fla., before the game against the Braves.

Pineda is taking part in physical therapy every day and expects to begin throwing in mid-September after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on May 1 to repair a tear in the labrum of his right shoulder. He wants to be ready for Spring Training next year.

"The doctors said everything is great right now, so we're continuing with this plan," Pineda said. "Everything is great. I'm feeling great right now. I'm feeling much better."

The 23-year-old right-hander saw his teammates in New York for only the second time since experiencing shoulder discomfort and velocity issues during Spring Training. He has yet to throw a pitch for the Yankees since they acquired him in a trade with the Mariners last offseason, but he said he watches their games "all the time" in Tampa.

"I want to stay here," he said, "but everything is good."