"I'm getting close to the end of it and I'm feeling good," Lance Pendleton said of his rehab. "I don't know about strong or stronger, but my arm feels real healthy. I don't have any pain whatsoever in my elbow or my shoulder."
"I don't know if I'm going to be coming back throwing the same miles per hour or what, but I'm pretty confident it will come back [eventually]. My shoulder, I'm happy with how it feels. It just takes time to get back to where you were."
Pendleton graduated from the rehab mound [shorter mound] to the regular mound about two and half months ago and has been throwing bullpen sessions ever since without any limitations on which pitches he can throw.
"No, I can throw the fastball, curveball, and changeup," he said of his arsenal during bullpen sessions. "We'll see how it goes but so far they've all been pretty good in the bullpen and we'll see how it goes in BP. The changeup is looking good compared to where it has been. I'm really excited to see how it goes out there."
Pitching against live hitters in batting practice is the next step in his rehab process, a milestone he will pass after Wednesday's workouts. Just how long he will throw live batting practice before pitching in actual games however remains unclear.
"I wish I knew that answer," he said when he goes from throwing live batting practice to pitching in actual games. "They don't always let you know for sure. Anytime from two times out to maybe four BP's, I'm not really sure, a week to two weeks before I get in an inning. We'll see, I'm just taking it one day at a time."
With Spring Training officially ending on Saturday, one thing that remains quite clear is that Pendleton will have to spend some time in Extended Spring Training before he's ready to join one of the staffs this season.
"I'll be in Extended for a little while," he quickly admitted. "I'm fine with that. It's a game for me and it's been a long time since I've been in any kind of game, so I'm just excited to get out there and play, even if I have to stay in Extended for a while. They really haven't said much where they're going to send me, maybe a month or so, maybe a month and a half, I'll be in Extended."
While where he resumes his pitching career and when still remains a bit uncertain, the role in which he'll be pitching has become a bit clearer.
"From my understanding we're still going to start," said Pendleton. "Like I said my changeup has come a long ways even though I did have Tommy John and I had to take the whole year off. With developing that I think they're still content with keeping me as a starter and that's fine with me."
Pendleton Gets Set For Live Batting Practice
Pinstripes Plus Top Stories
Top Farm System Can Still Be BetterThe Yankees had a remarkable year down on the farm and that, combined with their mid-season prospect acquisitions via trades, now gives them what many consider to be one of the top…
Pinstripes PlusYesterday at 8:57 PM
The Breakouts That Haven't Happened...Yet!The Yankees had one of their better overall years down on the farm in 2016, perhaps even ever. And while many Yankees prospects had the kinds of breakout seasons many team…
Pinstripes PlusSunday at 8:42 PM
Looking Back: First Sanchez Scouting ReportGary Sanchez, actually often times much maligned in the national media coming up through the minor leagues, has quickly established himself as one of the better rookies already…
Stock Rising, Stock FallingThe 2016 minor league season is over and several prospects have seen their stocks rise this season while others have seen it dip down. Here are some of the Yankees prospects who…