After debuting this season by recording two outings for Low-A St. Lucie, Quintana threw 32 strikes on 47 pitches in the Cyclones’ game against the Hudson Valley Renegades — the Yankees‘ High-A affiliate.
He allowed one run on two hits (one homer) while striking out five and walking one in four innings.
The lone blunder — after three hitless frames — was Benjamin Cowles‘ leadoff solo shot to left-center field in the fourth inning, which put Hudson Valley up 1-0 on Brooklyn.
Quintana battled for the next three outs, getting a flyout and strikeout before surrendering Alexander Vargas‘ two-out double but ultimately ending the inning by limiting the damage with another flyout to cap the afternoon.
“The goal is to be close to 70, 75 pitches,” Quintana told SNY. “That’s our goal, and they’re going to reevaluate me. They’re going to check me again tomorrow and see what’s going to be the next step.”
The 34-year-old Quintana, whom the Mets signed Dec. 9 to a two-year contract worth $26 million, landed on the injured list March 30 (retroactive to March 27) with a left rib fracture.
“The goal is to build up my pitch count, and that’s why they say tomorrow,” Quintana said when asked about how many rehab starts he needs before his return.
Source: Yahoo Sports