I didn’t get to Tampa early enough to actually see any of today’s action over at the minor league complex, so it’s a good thing Brian Cashman is still taking my calls. Here are the basics…
“I heard everything looked good today,” Cashman said. “It’s a good day.”
For a guy coming back from shoulder surgery, averaging 93 mph certainly seems to be a good sign. It’s actually not all that far from what Pineda’s fastball averaged with Seattle back in 2011.
“It’s better than the alternative,” Cashman said. “He’s currently showing that he’s healthy and he’s commanding his pitches and that’s all good. He’s probably an outing away or so from starting a rehab assignment.”
In case you’re wondering, Cashman said he does not expect to bring Pineda to New York as a reliever. Obviously something like this can change depending on several factors, but for now, Cashman is considering Pineda a rotation option only.
Nova has been pitching in games for a while now. He had that one minor setback, but he’s pitched since then, and Cashman strongly hinted that Nova is ready to return to the big leagues.
“I’d say you’re going to see him pretty soon,” Cashman said. “You’re going to see him very soon.”
Cashman more or less dismissed the idea of sending Nova to Triple-A first.
For a few days now we’ve heard about Teixeira getting extended at-bats in simulated games. Today Cashman said Teixeira could begin a rehab assignment with Trenton as early as Tuesday. Basically, Teixeira is on a schedule that could have him in Trenton in five days. That’s the path he’s on right now.
The path for Youkilis is a little less clear, but he’s also been facing live pitching down here in Tampa and could be in New York sooner than I was expecting.
“Maybe joins us by next week,” Cashman said.
In this case, Cashman said, joining “us” means joining the big league team.
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