Pineda back Wednesday; Yanks may use 6-man rotation

Right-hander on DL since July 30 with right flexor forearm strain

Pineda back Wednesday; Yanks may use 6-man rotation

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda was pleased with his second Minor League rehab start on Friday night, which was likely his last hurdle before returning to the big leagues.

In 4 2/3 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pineda gave up one run and three hits, striking out three and walking none. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the plan is to have Pineda start Wednesday in the series finale with the Astros and bump Masahiro Tanaka back to Friday.

Asked if he had plans to remove anyone from the current rotation, Girardi said on Saturday that as of now, the answer was no.

Girardi has said on more than one occasion that the club could flirt with the idea of a six-man rotation in September, comprised of Pineda, Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Luis Severino.

Pineda had no hesitations when he was asked if he thought he was ready to make his return to the Major Leagues. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list on July 30 with a right flexor forearm muscle strain. In 19 starts, he is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA.

"I think it went pretty good," he said of the second Minor League rehab start. His first was in Double-A Trenton. "Last night I felt sharper. Better than the first one."

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.