Jamie Moyer “feels good” after throwing batting practice

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Jamie Moyer threw batting practice to Rockies hitters yesterday and the 49-year-old who’s coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery felt just fine when he woke up this morning, telling Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:

My arm feels good and my body feels good. I felt like I could have thrown another 30 or 40 pitches, so that was good. And I feel good today, and that was the big thing.

Moyer is competing for a spot in the Rockies’ rotation on a minor-league contract and he’s so old that Saunders’ opening sentence of “Jamie Moyer was pleasantly surprised when he woke up this morning” took on a whole different meaning in my brain as I read it.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.