De La Rosa, Burnett fine after sim games

De La Rosa, Burnett fine after sim games

NEW YORK -- Rehabbing relievers Dane De La Rosa and Sean Burnett both threw a simulated game in Arizona on Thursday and both "came out of it fine," manager Mike Scioscia relayed from Yankee Stadium on Saturday morning.

However, neither is particularly close just yet.

Burnett has experienced a couple of setbacks in his quest to return from August elbow surgery and hasn't appeared in an official game since late May of last season. De La Rosa was delayed in Spring Training because of a strained right forearm and is now working his way back from tightness near his collar bone that Scioscia said "isn't anything that's going to impact long-term what he needs to do."

Asked which of the two is farther ahead in his rehab, Scioscia said, "At first, Dane was closer. Sean's making a lot of progress, but there's still some work to do with both of them, so it's tough to say who's really projecting closer. Dane still has the probability of coming a little quicker because he has more behind him than Sean."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.