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Stolmy Pimentel Starts His Rehab Work at Pirate City

Stolmy Pimentel made a rehab appearance today at Pirate City, throwing a scoreless inning against the Yankees’ extended Spring Training team. Pimentel was sitting 90-93 MPH with his fastball, getting a strikeout, then a 5-4-3 double play after giving up a single to the second batter he faced.

This was the first in-game appearance for Pimentel, who pitched a simulated game prior to this outing. His next rehab appearance is scheduled to be two innings. He said that he’s not sure of the plan after that, but thinks he might go to an affiliate after the next appearance.

Pimentel said that he is rehabbing as a reliever, rather than being stretched out. The two rehab processes are different. A starter’s rehab focuses on adding innings and pitches each time out. The rehab work for a reliever focuses on getting to a point of pitching back to back days, as well as multiple inning outings.

The right-hander is returning from a shoulder injury, which he said required rest, conditioning, and shoulder programs.

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deacs

Probably. I’m sure they love Morris’ “stuff”, which is good. Although he can’t seem to keep a lead with it. And Gomez appears to be the mop up man. Hughes is probably the odd man out based on options. I’d rather see Gomez go and Hughes go to the long guy if that’s possible.

lfhlaw

So when Pimentel comes off the Rehab, I’m assuming Hughes goes back down since Morris is out of options.

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