The Hanshin Tigers tentatively decided that Minoru Iwata will pitch in two Pheonix League (10/5 - 10/26) league games. On Wednesday, Iwata threw 86 pitches in the bullpen and did not feel any discomfort in his left elbow.
Iwata is also slated to toss a BP session sometime next week (his first since left elbow surgery) and pitch in a situational game the week after that. Assuming his left elbow is ok, he could pitch about 3 innings in the Tigers' Phoenix League game against the LG Twins on the 19th. The Tigers will probably stretch Iwata a bit more during his next appearance and push him to about 5 innings.