Pineda's rehab start generates positive reports

Yankees determining next step for righty, who is recovering from forearm strain

Pineda's rehab start generates positive reports

NEW YORK -- In what could have been his final Minor League rehab start, Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and no walks Friday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pineda, who has been on the disabled list since July 30 with a flexor strain in his right forearm, threw 62 pitches, then an additional 10 in the bullpen, and the reports Yankees manager Joe Girardi received were all positive.

Girardi did not reveal the next step for Pineda, but considering Pineda has not spent a lot of time on the disabled list and away from Major League action, it is likely that his next start will come in the bigs.

"We'll talk about it," he said. "We haven't made any decisions, but he threw the ball well."

Where exactly Pineda fits into the Yankees' rotation remains unclear.

Earlier in the year, Girardi dismissed the notion of the Yankees going to a six-man rotation because of a lack of roster flexibility, but when asked about it this week, Girardi acknowledged it as a possibility.

"I think that's something we're going to have to look at," Girardi said Wednesday. "It's easier to do in September."

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.