Masahiro Tanaka to throw a bullpen on Saturday

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Masahiro Tanaka is getting back into the swing of things, and the next step for him is going to be a bullpen which is scheduled for Saturday. The last time Tanaka attempted to return to the Yankees, he faced a setback. Due to the setback, Girardi wouldn’t say what would be the next step for Tanaka after his bullpen.

“Lets just take that and see how it goes,” Joe Girardi said. “When he gets through that, I guess I’ll decide what’s next.”

It’s possible it could be a simulated game or another bullpen session, but one thing is certain–the Yankees are going to have Tanaka pitch until they’re sure he’s either going to be a player for them next year or if he’s going to need surgery.

“He will pitch somewhere,” Girardi said. “He has to throw. You can’t wait until next spring (to find out whether he’s healthy enough to pitch).”

Some Notes

Martin Prado did some light running but he was only running at 50% effort.

“Hopefully we get him back tomorrow or the next day,” Girardi said.

David Phelps is still scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday. It could be his final step before he can return to the Yankees bullpen.

“I think you have to see how he throws and how sharp he is,” Girardi said. “See if he needs another one, or if he’s capable of being activated.”

Chris Capuano is facing the Boston Red Sox tonight, which is interesting considering he was a member of the Sox bullpen when he began the season.

“He’s in a role that he’s used too,” Girardi said. “I think for him he’s been a starter for a good portion of his career and he just seems to be throwing the baseball where he wants, with the stuff that he wants to use. He obviously has a real good idea of who he is and understands what he needs to do and has been making pitches.”

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