Tanaka's next step? Simulated game

NEW YORK -- While the New York Yankees insist they still don't have a target date for Masahiro Tanaka to return to their rotation, they have set a date for the next step in Tanaka's recovery.

Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

#19 SP
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM18
  • W12

  • L4

  • BB19

  • K135

  • ERA2.51

Manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that Tanaka will throw a simulated game on Thursday in Detroit.

"And then after that, we'll see," Girardi added.

Tanaka threw 35 pitches on Saturday in what amounted to two "innings" of live batting practice. He reported no issues on Sunday, and played catch for a few minutes before the Yankees' afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox.

Girardi said he wasn't sure how many pitches the Yankees will have Tanaka throw on Thursday, but they will treat it like a start.

The Yankees have discussed using a six-man rotation when Tanaka returns, but Girardi still won't commit to it.