As reliever Adam Warren continues to throw and feel no pain in his back, he gets closer to returning to the Yankees' bullpen before the end of the regular season.
Warren experienced back spasms at the beginning of the month and has been on the disabled list since Sept. 6 (retroactive to Sept. 3) with the injury. On Tuesday, the right-hander threw 30 pitches during a two-inning simulated game.
"I feel good," Warren said, according to the New York Post. "Just having hitters in the box was important, and I'm right where I want to be now. ... The whole goal when this thing came up was to get back out there before the [regular] season was over.
Before landing on the shelf, Warren held a 2.40 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 53 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings this season. Manager Joe Girardi hopes he can deploy the reliever if the situation calls for it in the postseason.
"He felt pretty good and looked pretty good," Girardi told reporters. "We'll see how he feels [Wednesday]."