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Monday, June 17, 2013
Pineda continues to look good

By Andrew Marchand

While the big news on Monday is Mark Teixeira likely going back on the DL and Brian Cashman taking a major dig at his hitting coach, Kevin Long, there were -- as always -- some injury updates as well.

Michael Pineda will pitch Thursday in a Florida State League game. Pineda has been throwing in the mid-to-low 90s and Cashman is thrilled with his rehab progress thus far. This will be Pineda's third start, and he will throw about 80 pitches. In his fourth, fifth and sixth times out, Cashman and company will truly evaluate if Pineda should go into the rotation or stay in the minors for more seasoning.

Alex Rodriguez (hip) did toss and net drills on the field Tuesday. He took three rounds of batting practice and two rounds of "super batting practice" according to Cashman, which is "up close." He also did long toss and took ground balls to both sides. On Tuesday, A-Rod will take another step forward.

"Alex will get some simulated at-bats of live pitching, but it is not a simulated game," Cashman said.

Derek Jeter (ankle) did tee-and-toss, 15 cage batting practice swings, long toss, 20 grounders on the dirt with movement to the sides, and threw to first base.

Curtis Granderson (broken hand) played long toss. He will have the pin in his hand taken out Wednesday. After that, he will strengthen the hand for a week and then he'll pick up a bat.

Eduardo Nunez (oblique) did some tee-and-toss and took some grounders Monday. Cashman said he hopes Nunez is either with the big club or with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by the middle of July.

Francisco Cervelli (fractured hand) will be "underwater with a bat," according to Cashman, in 7-10 days. He could return to the Yankees around mid-July.