Yanks continuing to build Pineda's pitch count

Yanks continuing to build Pineda's pitch count

NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will throw four innings or 50 pitches on Friday in Tampa, Fla., working in either an extended spring game or an intrasquad game.

Manager Joe Girardi said that his expectation is that Pineda, who is returning from a labrum tear of his right shoulder, will pitch for the Yankees this season.

"We'll continue to build him up," Girardi said. "Starters, as you know, take a lot longer than relievers because you have to get them to 100 pitches.

"For a kid that hasn't pitched in a couple of years, that's something you may want to see a couple of times to make sure he's ready to go every fifth day."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.