Monday, September 15, 2014

Tanaka "Feels Good" After Throwing Simulated Game; Could Return Next Weekend

In a move that could finally give their fans something to look forward to, Yankees' ace Masahiro Tanaka threw a 65-pitch simulated game today at George M. Steinbrenner Field, saying he felt good afterwards. 

Tanaka, a 25-year-old rookie who's been out since July 8, gave up six hits and struck out four in the five-inning outing against some of the team's minor leaguers, citing his inability to motivate himself in a non-regular season atmosphere as the reason for his struggles. 

"I feel good," Tanaka told the New York Daily News through an interpreter. "As far as my performance goes, I think it's gradually getting better. It's not really a regular-season game atmosphere, so it's harder to get myself up there. But I do feel good."

Over the last few weeks, the Yankees have often stated that they want Tanaka to appear in at least one contest before the year ends. So when asked if he thinks he'll be able to return by next weekend, the right-hander admitted his uncertainty, but said he'll see how he is tomorrow.

"It's hard to say right now," Tanaka said. "We'll look and see how I feel tomorrow and I'll be talking with Joe (Girardi) and Larry (Rothschild)."

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