MLB notebook: Yankees' Tanaka to throw simulated game Thursday
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's next hurdle will come in the form of three simulated innings off the mound at Comerica Park on Thursday morning.
If he gets through that session with no issues, the right-hander's return will seem much more plausible.
Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka is scheduled to throw about 45 pitches in the simulated game, and he could be two sessions away from a big league return.
The team would need Tanaka to build his stamina to the area of 75-90 pitches before deeming him ready.
“You obviously feel better that it's going to happen, but I still talk about the intensity of a major league game compared to a minor league game or a simulated game,” Girardi said. “Those are the hurdles that you have to go through.”
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