Michael Pineda will throw about 75 pitches Friday in simulated game

Michael Pineda delivers a pitch in the bullpen

Michael Pineda delivers a pitch in the bullpen during the first day of spring training at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

OAKLAND, Calif. - Michael Pineda, with one rehab start under his belt, will start again Friday. But not in a game. The righthander, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, instead will throw about 75 pitches in a simulated game.

That does not mean, however, that the righthander suffered a setback. Rather, it's the combination of two factors, the first being the High-A Tampa Yankees, for whom Pineda started Sunday, are off. Second, the simulated game gives the Yankees a better chance to control the circumstances.

Getting the feel for in-game situations, at this point of rehab, isn't the most important thing. "The other day he had one long inning," Girardi said. "And sometimes you worry about a guy that's rehabbing. This way you can build him up easier."

Still, if the Tampa Yankees had a game Friday, Pineda would be pitching for them. "Physically he's fine," Girardi said. "He's ready to go."

 

Cano showing signs

Robinson Cano entered Tuesday in a 3-for-28 skid but went 2-for-3 with a walk in the Yankees' 6-4 loss. "It's good to see but I don't ever really worry too much about Robbie," Girardi said. "Hopefully it will get him going because we know how . . . he can carry a team."

 

Draft picks sign

The Yankees agreed to terms with their first pick from last week's draft, 3B Eric Jagielo, signing him for $1,839,400, the assigned value of the pick (26th overall) in baseball's slotting system. The Yankees also agreed to terms with SS Tyler Wade (fourth round), RHP David Palladino (fifth), SS John Murphy (sixth), RHP Philip Walby (12th), RHP Cale Coshow (13th), LHP Caleb Smith (14th), CF Jordan Barnes (15th), 2B Derek Toadvine (22nd), RHP Sam Agnew-Wieland (24th), C Trent Garrison (28th), SS Kevin Cornelius (31) and 2B Hector Crespo (34th).

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