Masahiro Tanaka throws simulated game

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw a simulated game on Thursday morning at Comerica Park.

Tanaka, 25, is attempting to return to the mound this season after being diagnosed with a torn UCL. The rookie import is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery.

According to manager Joe Girardi, Tanaka’s 49-pitch session went well. This is the latest good news for Tanaka. If the Yankees brought Tanaka back this year it would only be as a starter.

There is still no timetable for when Tanaka could return to the mound but the chance still exists. In 18 starts thus far he is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.

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