Yankees' Michael Pineda looks strong in first rehab start

Michael Pineda took a big step on Sunday. (USATSI)
Michael Pineda took a big step on Sunday. (USATSI)

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Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who's yet to see major-league game action since being acquired from the Mariners in exchange for Jesus Montero in January 2012, looked strong in his first minor-league rehab start.

Pineda, who's working his way back from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum, made the start for High-A Tampa on Sunday and produced the following line: 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 42 of 68 pitches for strikes. "Looked like the guy I saw in Tacoma a couple of years ago," one scout from an AL team (not the Yankees) told Newsday's Anthony Rieber, "unfortunately for us."

As Rieber also notes, some scouts in attendance had Pineda touching 95 mph with his fastball.

Pineda will spend the full 30 days on rehab assignment, which means that, barring setback, he's set to join the Yankees' active roster before the All-Star break.

For his career, Pineda, age 24, pitched to a 3.74 ERA (101 ERA+) in his one major-league season with Seattle, which was in 2011.

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