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Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to throw two live sessions of batting practice this week.

If those go well, he will be cleared for simulated action. And then comes a minor league rehab assignment. The right-hander could be an option for the Yankees' rotation by mid-August if all continues to go well. He has been out since April with a shoulder issue.

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Michael Pineda (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday.

It's the first time he's thrown off the mound since May, though he had been playing catch for a few weeks. The Yankees are hoping to get Pineda back in the rotation in about a month, though that's obviously a loose timetable. He's been on the disabled list since late April.

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The Yankees hope that Michael Pineda (shoulder) will be ready to throw off a mound later this week.

Pineda has progressed to playing catch from 90 feet and is nearly ready to throw from the bump again. The Yanks are hoping he'll be ready to rejoin the rotation in mid-August, but that's a rough timetable. Pineda has been out since early May with shoulder issues.

Michael Pineda SP NYY 25 Days

Michael Pineda (shoulder) threw 25 pitches from 60 feet on Saturday.

Pineda has been out since early May with a right shoulder injury. He's basically starting over as if it were the beginning of spring training and probably won't be an option for the Yankees' rotation until August.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Michael Pineda (shoulder, back) to resume throwing next Saturday.

Pineda was unable to throw this weekend as planned, but Girardi on Sunday downplayed what he thinks was just a mini-setback. The skipper said that Pineda will not need to undergo another MRI. Pineda isn't expected back until August.

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Michael Pineda was unable to play catch Saturday due to renewed inflammation in his right shoulder.

This is another setback for Pineda, who will have to rest at least an extra week. He has been on the disabled list since May 6 and likely won't return until August. The 25-year-old right-hander has thrown just 19 2/3 innings in the major leagues since 2011.

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Michael Pineda (shoulder, back) will undergo an MRI Friday to determine how his strained upper back muscle is healing.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stressed that Pineda "feels great" and that the MRI is "just part of the process." Pineda has been shut down for 20 days after straining his back last month but is expected to be cleared to resume throwing if the MRI shows the necessary progress.

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Michael Pineda (shoulder, back) will resume a throwing program Saturday.

Pineda originally went on the disabled list back in early May with a shoulder injury and had a setback when he tweaked his upper back. The Yankees aren't expecting him back in the rotation until August.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that he doesn't expect Michael Pineda (shoulder) to return to the Yankees until at least August.

The hard-throwing young right-hander continues to rehab, making slow progress in his recovery from shoulder and upper back ailments. Fantasy owners who have been holding tight waiting for him to return may be forced to cut bait instead of holding the dead roster space for another couple of months.

Michael Pineda SP NYY 1 Month

Michael Pineda (shoulder, back) has yet to resume a throwing program.

Pineda is dealing with some inflammation in his upper back after initially going on the disabled list back in late April with a shoulder ailment. It's not clear when he'll be cleared to resume throwing, but obviously the Yankees are proceeding cautiously with the right-hander.