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Michael Pineda feels stronger, but likely to get another rehab start

Michael Pineda #35 of the Yankees delivers a

Michael Pineda #35 of the Yankees delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a game on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Hannah Foslien

Michael Pineda came through Sunday night's rehab start just fine, but he is likely to get one more rehab outing before rejoining the rotation.

"We haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about it," Joe Girardi said Monday. "Sometimes things are based on need, but we haven't had a chance to decide what's best for him individually."

Pineda, on the DL with a flexor strain in his right forearm, threw 42 pitches for Double-A Trenton on Sunday, allowing two runs and four hits in three innings. "I need to build up my pitches," said Pineda (9-7, 3.97).

He said he's been happy with his rehab progress. "I felt pretty good yesterday," said Pineda, who used his full arsenal of pitches. "My arm is feeling stronger and everything is good."

Girardi said the reports he heard were positive. "His velocity was up to 93, 94," he said. "I don't make too much of minor-league starts for big-league players. My biggest concern is they come out healthy."

Rotation tweak

Girardi said the Yankees will stay in rotation after inserting Bryan Mitchell in place of CC Sabathia Monday night. Sabathia will start Tuesday night and Nathan Eovaldi Wednesday afternoon. Ivan Nova will lead off the four-game series against the Indians, with Masahiro Tanaka going Friday night and rookie Luis Severino on Saturday.

Taking their rips

With another round of interleague play on the horizon -- Aug. 28-30 at Atlanta and Sept. 18-20 at the Mets -- Yankees pitchers recently began taking BP. Before Monday night's game, Eovaldi and Tanaka hit on the field.

The Sept. 20 game has been moved to a night game beginning at 8:08 on ESPN.

With Erik Bacharach


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