James Paxton struck out seven batters and allowed one hit over four innings of an extended Spring Training game on Friday, but it was not all good news for the left-hander.
Paxton admitted afterward that he is still experiencing discomfort in his left knee that has kept him out since May 4.
"I felt it a little bit, but I was still able to make my pitches, which is what I wanted to see," Paxton said, per the AP.
"If I come in tomorrow with more pain than I had walking in today, then we'll have to do something. But, if I come in tomorrow and it feels the same as it did walking in today, then that's just how I'm going to have to pitch for right now."
The Yankees could certainly use Paxton back in the rotation sooner than later. He is one of three starting pitchers currently on the IL along with Luis Severino and CC Sabathia, who was placed on the injured list earlier this week.
While Paxton did not necessarily feel 100 percent, he was at least encouraged with what he was able to do on the mound.
"I executed pretty well," he said. "I was able to get my fastball inside."
The 30-year-old is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA in seven starts this season with the Bombers.