Pineda to face live hitters in next rehab step

Pineda to face live hitters in next rehab step

CHICAGO -- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is rehabbing in Tampa, Fla., and has been scheduled to pitch to live hitters on Saturday, according to manager Joe Girardi.

"He's progressing like we want," Girardi said. "Everything is going according to plan, so let's keep going forward."

Pineda has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 6 with a right shoulder muscle injury, and has thrown bullpens of 20-30 pitches to this point.

He was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts before serving a 10-game suspension, then sustaining an injury while tossing a simulated game in Florida. The Yankees are hoping to have Pineda join the big league rotation in June.

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