BALTIMORE -- After his second rehab start Friday night, Michael Pineda said he was ready to rejoin the Yankees' rotation.
The club agreed, announcing Monday that the righthander will start Wednesday night against the first-place Orioles at Camden Yards. "It's nice," Joe Girardi said. "This is a guy who threw very well before he went on the DL."
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Pineda, who last started April 23, went to the disabled list May 6 with a muscle injury in his surgically repaired right shoulder. He was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts.
"Everything is the same, everything has looked good," Pineda said. "I'm happy. I'm feeling really good. I'm feeling powerful and I'm happy with that."
Pineda threw 72 pitches Friday and Girardi said he'll be on a pitch count of 85 to 90 pitches Wednesday night.
"The injury he had this year is, obviously, long-term less worrisome than what he had before," Girardi said of the torn labrum that required surgery in 2012. "I feel good about him taking the mound. I'm not going to be in the back of my mind worried about him getting hurt, worried I'm going to have to skip him. I'm not thinking that way, but I will be cautious his first couple starts about his pitch counts."
Pineda, of course, was in the news for more than his pitching in April. Twice he was caught with pine tar, the latter incident earning him a 10-game suspension. "I know I made a mistake and I learned from that," he said. "Everything is in the past right now. I'm focused on my pitching. I said I was sorry to my team, sorry to everybody, and now everything's in the past. I want to continue my career and I want to help my team right now."
Tanaka still throwing
Masahiro Tanaka threw 50 times at 90 feet in the outfield and will throw at 90 and 120 feet Tuesday, Girardi said. After that would come flat-ground work and, with no setbacks, a progression to the mound, though Girardi said there is no date set for that step.
Beltran almost right again
Girardi said Carlos Beltran, who has served as the DH since June 5 because of a bone spur in his right elbow, is close to getting the go-ahead to play in rightfield. Said Girardi, "I think I could probably do it [use Beltran in the outfield] in the real near future."
Up and down
The Yankees recalled righthander Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned righthander Bryan Mitchell, who pitched two innings Sunday, back to Scranton.