UPDATE: Michael Pineda on track to return Wednesday; Yankees to use six-man rotation

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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.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.