Worth noting

• Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka faced a pair of Minor League hitters during a simulated game at Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday morning. According to multiple media reports, Tanaka threw 63 pitches, 49 for strikes. He racked up nine strikeouts, but gave up one home run, to Jake Cave.

Tanaka has made two Grapefruit League appearances, the latest a three-inning start last Thursday against the Phillies. His next outing is scheduled for Sunday against the Braves in Tampa.

• During Tuesday's fourth inning, Washington's Scott Hairston hit a foul popup near home plate, a little bit up the third-base line. Catcher Brian McCann made the catch, but not before tossing his mask further down the line. When third baseman Dean Anna charged in, he tripped over the mask and fell forward, taking McCann's legs out from underneath him. Both players wound up on the ground, but remained in the game and suffered no ill effects.

Joked Girardi: "I told Anna, 'Around here, we wrap up when we make tackles. We don't just dive for his legs.'"

• Shortstop Brendan Ryan, who hasn't played since last Tuesday because of lower back soreness, could be making some progress. Girardi is hoping that Ryan will be able to take some dry swings on Tuesday, then move on to "tee and toss" on Wednesday.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.