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Masahiro Tanaka could be ready for extended spring game

Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees looks on against

Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees looks on against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning during a game at Fenway Park on Sept. 27, 2014 in Boston. Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Masahiro Tanaka appears ready to take the next step in his rehab, which could be an extended spring game.

The righthander, on the disabled list since April 29 with a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis, reported no issues after throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday, his second one in the rehab process. That was up from the 30 pitches he threw in his previous outing on Tuesday in Tampa.

"I liked how I pitched the last time out in the bullpen," he said through his translator. "I think I kind of followed that up and was satisfied with today's session."

Because Tanaka's arm already was built up when he went on the DL, Joe Girardi said he might be able to skip live batting practice as his next rehab step and go right into extended spring action.

"That's something we'll talk about," Girardi said. "He has not been out that long so I don't think it will be necessary for him to do that."

Whitley suffers tear

An MRI taken of Chase Whitley's right elbow showed a partial ligament tear, Girardi said. "He'll see Dr. Ahmad," Girardi said of team physician Christopher Ahmad, "and decide do you rehab it or do you do surgery? We're going to have to wait until Monday."

Whitley, who went on the 15-day disabled list, left Thursday night's start against the Rays with pain in the elbow.

Chris Capuano, who has been rehabbing a quadriceps strain suffered during his first spring training start, will start Sunday's game here. He'll be on a pitch count of about 90.

Nathan Eovaldi, who had been Sunday's scheduled starter, will start Tuesday in Washington. Adam Warren will start on Wednesday. "I think some of the guys, they've been going hard and can use the rest," Girardi said.

Ramirez up

Jose Ramirez was brought up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the corresponding roster move to Whitley going on the DL. The 25-year-old righthander had a 2.95 ERA in 13 Triple-A games.

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