Michael Pineda has been officially optioned to Triple-A Scranton now that his rehab assignment has been completed. The move allows Pineda to not only continue working on his arm strength and control issues, but, by keeping him down and limiting the amount of time he spends on the MLB roster, the Yankees can keep him under team control for a fourth year and through 2017. It was already said that he was scheduled to pitch for Scranton on Thursday, but the move has now been made official.
To make room for Pineda on the 40-man roster, which is necessary to option him, Curtis Granderson was transfered from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. This means that, after back dating from May 25, Granderson will be eligible to come off the disabled list on July 23. By that point Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will be ready to come off the disabled list and Francisco Cervelli is tentatively marked down for early August, so four players will need to be designated for assignment in the coming month.
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