Painless day on field for Yankees rehabbing in Florida
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TAMPA, Fla. - A bizarre Bronx season already rife with breaks, tears, inflammation and strains now features another wholesale fracture.
To Michael Pineda's car window.
The 24-year-old Yankees righthander, still rehabbing the surgically repaired right shoulder that has kept him out of the majors since 2011, discovered the damage to the rear passenger window of his white SUV after a morning workout on Wednesday.
An errant batting-practice ball was the apparent culprit. By contrast, Pineda and his most prominent peers at the Yankees' minor-league complex went unscathed -- for a change -- between the lines.
"We pretty much have the whole lineup [down here]," Nova said.
But some may be headed north sooner rather than later, easing in part the most congested disabled list in baseball.
After working parts of five innings against Blue Jays minor-leaguers, Nova (inflammation in triceps) said he'll be ready if summoned for work in Monday's doubleheader at Cleveland.
"If they call me for Monday, then Sunday, see ya," he said.
Nova, on the DL since April 27, allowed two first-inning runs off a pair of doubles and a walk before settling down. He allowed three hits and no runs the rest of the way, striking out five hitters during a seven-batter stretch.
"I threw a lot of curveballs," he said. "I wanted to make sure everything's right. The first two innings, I was a little scared, just throwing my fastball and letting my arm loosen a little bit. And once I felt good I started mixing my pitches. It was good."
Granderson, playing center and right during Nova's stint, was given an at-bat in each of the first four innings. Brandishing some strength in the right forearm he fractured 11 weeks ago, he smacked a 2-and-2 fastball over the fence in left-center in the second for his lone hit. Granderson reportedly will begin a major-league rehab assignment with the Yankees' Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate Thursday night.
Far less conspicuous was Rodriguez, who appeared to jog extensively around the perimeter of a field before swinging off a tee in the batting cage. Rodriguez exited in a dark Maybach 57 without speaking to reporters.
Pineda spoke briefly, acknowledging reports in which Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said his fastball topped out at 95 mph in a recent extended spring outing.
"Oh yeah, I'm really happy," he said.
With that, he drove off, wind whipping through his vehicle, to have the day's only significant damage assessed.