NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda was at Yankee Stadium throwing a bullpen session this afternoon, and yes, he will pitch on Friday.
But no, not in the Bronx. Pineda told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday evening he will be pitching at least one more time for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
But that might be it for his rehab assignment. According to Pineda, who threw 58 pitches in his first rehab outing on Sunday, his pitch limit will be increased to 80 on Friday night, and after that, it could be next stop, Yankee Stadium. Or, more likely, Camden Yards, where the Yankees will be playing the Orioles on Wednesday night, which would be Pineda's next scheduled day to pitch.
Asked how many more rehab starts he was likely to make, Pineda said, "Maybe just one more."
And when the question was put to Joe Girardi before Wednesday's game against the Tigers and Justin Verlander, the manager said, "We’ll see where we’re at. I said we wanted to get him to 90 [pitches], but with the circumstances that we’re in, you never know."
Girardi ruled out Pineda for Friday night in the Bronx against the Indians, but it certainly sounds like Wednesday in Camden is a real possibility. Stay tuned.
Get your programs!: The Yankees are putting a few players to work as salespeople Wednesday at the Stadium. At 5 p.m., Masahiro Tanaka and David Phelps will be manning the advance ticket window between Gates 4 and 6, and at 5:30 p.m., a couple of other pitchers, including Pineda, will be behind the register at the team store inside the Stadium ringing up jerseys and the like.
But the toughest assignment of all goes to Brendan Ryan, who will be on his own in the Great Hall hawking programs and yearbooks at 5:30 p.m. He'll be the guy in the Yankees uniform.
No pictures please!: The Yankees took a team photo behind home plate Wednesday for the cover of Yankees Magazine, and team PR staffers went around warning media members not to take their own shots. "No photos of Photo Day!" one of the staffers shouted, so until the magazine comes out, you'll have to picture what your heroes look like in your imagination. I will give you this heads-up, though: CC Sabathia, on crutches from his recent knee surgery, was sporting a trim, Robinson Cano-like beard in the picture. But considering the team rule against facial hair, don't be surprised if the growth is magically removed when you finally see the cover of the magazine.
Justin case: You were wondering, the great Verlander is a rather pedestrian 5-5 lifetime against the Yankees in 15 starts, with a 3.84 ERA. The last time he beat them was two years ago today, a 7-2 Tigers win at Comerica in which he worked eight one-run innings and struck out 14. In between, the Yankees beat him on April 7, 2013, scoring three runs in 7 1/3 innings in a 7-0 Yankees victory, also in Detroit. Derek Jeter is 13-for-36 with a home run in his career against V-Lander (.361) ... Chris Capuano has made four career appearances (two starts) against the Tigers and is 2-0 but has a 6.43 ERA against them. Miguel Cabrera has homered four times off him in 23 career at-bats.