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.

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 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.