NEW YORK -- Hiroki Kuroda has been cleared to begin throwing again, but it's unknown when the right-hander will make his next start.
"I got clearance from the doctor to go throw a side session today," Kuroda said through a translator. "I've always wanted to pitch, so finally I got that clearance."
Kuroda was scheduled to start Friday's game against Baltimore, but Ivan Nova is starting in his place. The veteran won't start against the Orioles this weekend, and manager Joe Girardi hasn't made any announcements about the Yankees' rotation for a four-game series against the Royals beginning on Monday.
Kuroda first felt discomfort in his left hip while warming up before his start Sunday against the Orioles at Camden Yards. He gutted through his outing, allowing four runs over six innings in the Yankees' 4-2 loss.
The veteran felt tightness in his hip after the game, prompting him to visit the training room. Kuroda flew back to New York for an MRI, which came back clean.
Kuroda said he was going to throw a full bullpen session on Friday, but he has not been told when he will pitch next.
He is 7-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts this season.
"I'm going to prepare myself to be ready as soon as possible," Kuroda said, "but it's not my decision to make."
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less