Pre-game notes: Pineda increasing his workload
April, 7, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
Michael Pineda will long toss on two of the next three days, an indication that he is making progress in his rehabilitation of some shoulder tendinitis suffered in his last spring training start. The Yankees still have not said when he will throw a bullpen or offered a plan for any rehab starts. Pineda is eligible to come off the DL on April 15, but is not expected to pitch for the Yankees until May . . . Boone Logan said he was ready to pitch on Friday, but late in the game, Joe Girardi got Clay Rapada up in the pen, a clue that Logan was not quote recovered from the back spasms he suffered earlier in the week. "He said he felt good yesterday, but I figured I''d give him one more day,'' Girardi said. "We all remember what he looked like Wednesday."'' On that day, GM Brian Cashman had called Logan "The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' . . . backup catcher Chris Stewart, the Yankees newest acquisition, will get his first start of the season either in Sunday's finale against the Rays, or in the opener of the three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore on Monday, because he is familiar with both Phil Hughes, starting Sunday, and Ivan Nova, who goes Monday. "He’s caught Phil and Nova in AAA,'' Girardi said. "And he caught both their bullpens. I think he caught two of Nova's, so he knows them pretty well.''