Why Yankees flame-throwing prospect Domingo Acevedo demoted Saturday hasnt pitch

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Why Yankees flame-throwing prospect Domingo Acevedo, demoted Saturday, hasnt pitched

New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Acevedo (88) walk off the field during the workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Jonathan Dyer USA TODAY Sports)

TAMPA –A bit too long of a break has been whats kept one of theYankeesmost intriguing — and hardest-throwing – prospects off the mound this spring.

Right-handerDomingo Acevedo, whos touched 103 mph, said he hasnt pitched in a game yet because hes been building arm strength following a longer-than-usual rest this winter.

The rest was aimed at recovering from the biggest workload of his career and shoulder trouble.

I feel good now, said the 6-foot-7 Dominican Republic native, who was reassigned Saturday morning from the Yankees big-league spring roster to their minor-league camp.Everything is good.

Acevedo said he didnt start his offseason throwing program until much later in the offseason than he typically would.

Acevedo threw 133 innings between low A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season. He finished 6-6 with a 3.25 ERA and is likely to start this season at Double-A.

He went on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness Aug. 21 didnt pitch the rest of the season.

Acevedo was put on the Yankees 40-man roster in the offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft and has a chance to make his major-league debut in 2018 — more than likely sometime in the second half, if at all.

His fastball and changeup are considered plus pitches but the development of his so-so slider could decide whether he remains a starting pitcher or moves to the bullpen, pitching coach Larry Rothschild has said.

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