A few quick updates from the minor league complex in Tampa.
• Mark Newman told me this morning that Michael Pineda is making another extended spring training start today. Cesar Cabral has also been pitching in extended spring training games. “He’s a little bit ahead of Pineda because he doesn’t have to build up innings like a starter does,” Newman said. The expectation is that Cabral could be ready in June.
• Francisco Cervelli told our friend Anthony McCarron that it’s going to be about five weeks before he can begin baseball activities, which means that best-case scenario of returning in six weeks was never realistic (which we basically knew based on the decision to put him on the 60-day).
• Ivan Nova is pitching in an extended spring training game tomorrow.
• Clay Rapada just tweeted that he’s arrived in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after spending the past month in Tampa. Looks like he’s ready to get some Triple-A innings. He’s not on the DL, just signed to a minor league contract, which means the Triple-A roster will have to make a move to add him.