NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda is continuing to move along the comeback trail. The right-hander was scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday, a notable step as he attempts to return to a big league mound.
Pineda threw batting practice on Sunday at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla. After a promising start to his season, he has not appeared in a big league game since April 23, because of an upper back strain behind his pitching shoulder.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Pineda was scheduled to throw two innings or 30 pitches. Pineda initially sustained the injury while throwing during his 10-game suspension for pine tar use, then had a setback while on rehab in May.