"I think if everything is as we hope it to be, then he will have a chance to do that," Cashman said. "Whether we do that or not, I don't know. Our expectation is that he would be in a position to do that if we needed him."
Pineda was forced to leave an Aug. 2 Triple-A start after two innings due to stiffness in his shoulder, and the Yankees have been managing his innings as he returns from right labrum surgery.
Acquired by the Yankees from the Mariners in a January 2012 trade, Pineda is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 10 Minor League starts this year for Class A Advanced Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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