OAKLAND -- The Yankees have made a change of plans with rehabbing right-hander Michael Pineda, who will make his next appearance on Friday in a simulated game rather than pitching for a Minor League affiliate.
A change was made because the Yankees would prefer to have Pineda pitch under controlled conditions, according to manager Joe Girardi, who said that there are no injury concerns with the 24-year-old.
"This way, we can control it," Girardi said. "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."
Pineda allowed an unearned run over 4 2/3 innings on Sunday for Class A Tampa at Lakeland, but the Tampa Yankees are off on Friday for the Florida State League All-Star break.
"It's one start, it's not a big deal," Girardi said. "It will probably be the only simulated game he throws. It just works out better."
The Yankees expect Pineda to throw 75 pitches in his simulated game and continue to project that he should be a choice for the big league roster sometime in July, though general manager Brian Cashman has left open the possibility that Pineda could be sent to start at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when his rehab assignment is complete.