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After bullpen session, Masahiro Tanaka declares himself fit for June 2 start

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, playing for the Triple-A

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, playing for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders, delivers against the Durham Bulls during the second inning of a game, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Scranton, Pa. Credit: AP / Julie Jacobson

Coming off Thursday's rehab start in Scranton, Masahiro Tanaka threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Sunday at Yankee Stadium and pronounced himself fit for his next rehab start Wednesday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

"I feel pretty good about where I am right now," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I feel pretty strong. So I should be ready to go . . . We're just going to follow what the manager says. Basically, I'm going to throw where they want me to throw."

Tanaka has been on the disabled list since April 29 with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain. But if his rehab progress continues with no setbacks, he is on pace to return to the rotation on June 2 in Seattle.

Although he feels a sense of urgency because the Yankees have been slumping recently, Tanaka is focused on making sure he's 100 percent before returning. "The important thing is for me to be strong enough to be able to contribute to the team," he said. "The No. 1 thing is to really get strong."

Tanaka avoided Tommy John surgery after experiencing a partial UCL tear last season, and he got off to a solid start with a 2-1 record and 3.22 ERA before arm issues surfaced again.

Asked what he has learned about himself through all the rehab he has undergone, he said, "Obviously, I'm going to have to oversee my body a little bit better, but I can't really go into details of what I'll be doing."

Lindgren called up

The Yankees signed lefthanded relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren to a major-league contract after calling him up from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre. Lindgren took the roster spot of infielder Brendan Ryan, who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Reliever Branden Pinder was optioned to Scranton . . . After repeatedly cramping in Sunday night's 5-2 loss to the Rangers, Brian McCann had a cramp come up from his foot into his calf. Joe Girardi indicated that he was concerned, but McCann said he's coming to the the Stadium for Monday afternoon's game against the Royals "expecting to play.''

Girardi moves

Girardi rested second baseman Stephen Drew Sunday night in favor of Jose Pirela, who made a first-inning error. Carlos Beltran did not play because of flu-like symptoms . . . Girardi said he does not feel the need to clear the air with former catcher Jorge Posada, who recently came out with a book that faulted Girardi's handling of his final season. Posada attended Sunday night's ceremony to honor Bernie Williams. "I have not spoken to him since the article came out, but that's not unusual," Girardi said. "But no, I don't have any problems [with Posada]."


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