UPDATES & NEWS
Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw another simulated game on Thursday.
Step by step. Inch by inch. Tanaka eases closer and closer to attempting a return. The Yankees still aren't setting a timetable for his first trip back to the mound for them, so we'll just have to continue tracking the progress and wait. He reported no issues after his Sunday session and Thursday will be of the same variety, throwing to live hitters. Without knowing when he could be back, we'll assume something in the mid-September range for a return.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond