Girardi said the workload for Pineda would increase to 75 pitches his next outing and 90 pitches for the outing following that, after which, theoretically, he would be built up enough to return to the Yankees' starting rotation. Barring further setbacks, a normal five-day schedule would put his earliest possible return around August 19, when the Yankees begin a homestand with a three-game series against the Houston Astros.
"He was letting it go free and easy with no issues. So that's real encouraging," Girardi said of Pineda. "We're pleased with the progress that he's making, and we'll take it step by step."
David Phelps, who started the Yankees' 8-7 Sunday night win over the Red Sox, left after just 2 innings due to right elbow inflammation. He will be evaluated further in New York this week.