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Pineda making strides on rehab assignment

Pineda making strides on rehab assignment

Pineda making strides on rehab assignment

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Michael Pineda's next Minor League rehabilitation start will come on Thursday for Class A Advanced Tampa in Dunedin, Fla.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the 24-year-old is expected to throw about 80 pitches in the outing against the Blue Jays' Florida State League affiliate, and Pineda's reports have been positive coming off right labrum surgery.

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Cashman said that Pineda has been sitting around 92 mph with his fastball, topping out at 94-95 mph. It is possible that he would be available to make his Yankees debut in July.

"The reports have been really good," Cashman said. "He's had a very good rehab process without issues. I think, over time, you're going to get a chance to see more [velocity] if there's more there as he gets stretched out, but that's where he's at so far."

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.

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