George Kontos made his first rehab start on Tuesday at Extended Spring Training against the Phillies. Kontos tossed two innings, allowing one hit while striking out two. He featured an 88-90 miles per hour fastball along with a very strong slider and curveball.
"This was his first time out in a real game and he was good," Borrell said. "He felt good in both innings, and that's the biggest thing; just making sure you recover after each inning and he was good so it was a great success for him."
Following Kontos, Andrew Shive made an appearance for the Yankees. Shive was only able to throw one inning as he reached his 25-pitch limit while facing the third and final out of the third inning. He struggled a little bit and was knocked around for a run on three hits, however he did record one strikeout.
"We were shooting on two innings, but he threw some pitches in his first inning and got his pitch count it," Borrell stated.
In terms of overall pitch count Borrell admitted that everyone has a different limit, but they do not put a limit on an specific pitch for any of their rehab pitchers.
"For them right now it's just about getting their pitches in and throwing what they want; this is their game" he said regarding individual pitch limits. "They go out there and we want them to attack hitters the way they would when their back healthy."
Borrell was less interested in the exact velocity of these pitchers today and more interested in the fact that the pitchers were able to reach their pitch counts and come off the field feeling healthy and stronger than before.
"I haven't even check the gun today, but balls look like they're coming out of their hands pretty well," Borrell said. "For me as long as they come back in and they feel good it's a good first day."
Manny Banuelos has resumed throwing, but is still in the bullpen stages of his rehabilitation process.
"He hasn't appeared in a game yet, but things are going well for him," Borrell said. "He is doing good and he feels good."
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