The Masahiro Tanaka rehab plan reached another important milestone yesterday when he faced live batters for the first time since hitting the DL with his elbow injury. Tanaka threw 35 pitches across 2 simulated innings to Brendan Ryan and Zelous Wheeler before yesterday’s game with Larry Rothschild and presumably Joe and other members of the coaching staff watching on.
The initial reports from the sim game were positive. Tanaka said he his elbow felt good while acknowledging that he felt a little rusty. As has been the norm in these milestones, the team will wait to see how his elbow feels today and in the next few days before deciding what the next step is. He’ll need to make a few rehab starts to get his pitch count back up, but that might have to come in sim game fashion as well with the MiL season winding down.