The Yankees were encouraged by Hiroki Kuroda’s bullpen session Friday, and expect him to make his next start on Monday against the Indians.
“I anticipate he will. Let's see how he comes out of it tomorrow,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said after watching Kuroda throw.
The Yankees No. 2 starter left Wednesday’s loss to the Red Sox in the second inning after taking a line drive off his finger and suffering a contusion. Kuroda skipped his throwing session on Thursday, but did his bullpen Friday as scheduled.
“He did 90 percent of what he normally does with no problem at all. He threw all his pitches,” Rothschild said.
If Kuroda cannot go in Cleveland then Adam Warren, who replaced Kuroda on Wednesday, could get the nod or possibly Phil Hughes. If it’s Hughes, returning from a bulging disk in his back, he would have to skip his scheduled rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.