UPDATE: According to Jack Curry of YES Network, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Pineda is on track to return Wednesday against the Astros. The Yankees will use a six-man rotation for the time being.
11:01 a.m. ET: Good news for the first-place Yankees, as right-hander Michael Pineda is one step closer to returning from the disabled list.
Pineda, out since July 24 with a right forearm strain, allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his second minor league rehab start. He gave up three hits and no walks while striking out three batters. According to Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he received a positive report on the outing.
“He threw well,” Girardi said. “From what I understand, 63 pitches and another 10 in the bullpen. So we’ll talk about it. We haven’t made any decisions. But he threw the ball well.”
Pineda appears ready to rejoin the Yankees, but it’s unclear how the rotation will shake out. One option is to go with six starters and keep rookie Luis Severino around. It would be one way to manage Severino’s workload down the stretch.
Pineda has a 3.97 ERA and 117/15 K/BB ratio in 118 innings over 19 starts this season.