Masahiro Tanaka on Friday said he's "not worried" about his right wrist tendinitis, in his first public comments since going on the 15-day disabled list April 29. Tanaka made 50 throws on flat ground for the second straight day with the last half coming from 90 feet.
Asked if he has any concerns about his right arm, the Yankees starter said: "I'm not worried about it. My arm feels good . . . I'm trying to go step by step, trying to get back to the mound."
There is no timetable for Tanaka's return, but he is throwing without pain. Some have wondered if the injury resulted from throwing his splitter too hard. "I do understand that people would say something like that because there's always the possibility of something like that," Tanaka said. "But that bullpen, I was just throwing the splitters as I normally throw them."
Next stop: 3,000 hits
After moving past Willie Mays into fourth on the all-time home run list his with his 661st Thursday night, Alex Rodriquez set his sights on the 3,000-hit milestone. He needs 37.
"This is going to be debated for years to come, I'm sure," Joe Girardi said, referring to the steroid controversy that dogs Rodriguez. "My job as a manager is to get the most out of my players. My job is not to decide somebody's milestone or accomplishment. That's for baseball people to do and historians to do. My hope is that he gets it fairly quickly."
Girardi rested Stephen Drew but Drew replaced Jose Pirela in the eighth . . . Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer threw the first pitch and said new Jets receiver Devin Smith is "the best deep-ball player I've ever had."