"That's the best news that we could have gotten," Girardi said. "He felt better today. He actually wanted to come back here."
Girardi said the team will re-evaluate Kuroda on Friday after returning to New York. Even with the clean results, though, Kuroda will no longer start on Friday; right-hander Ivan Nova will get the nod in his stead.
Nova has started five games this season and made three relief appearances, for a total of 35 innings. He has a 2-2 record and 4.63 ERA.
If Kuroda checks out on Friday and has a solid bullpen session, the team will try to get him back in the rotation. Kuroda is 7-6 on the season, with a 2.95 ERA and 75 strikeouts.
"If we can slot him in somewhere, we'll slot him in," Girardi said.