Masahiro Tanaka 19 | Pitcher

New York Yankees

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Thu. Aug 28, 2014 Subscribe 
News: New York Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game Thursday and did not report any unusual pain as he recovers from a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Impact: The Japanese right-hander is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in his first season in the majors, but he hasn't pitched since July 8. Manager Joe Girardi says Tanaka didn't shy away from any of his pitches Thursday, and Tanaka said any soreness he felt was normal for a session like this.(STATS, 1:10pm)
Thu. Aug 28, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw a 49-pitch simulated game Thursday morning and manager Joe Girardi was pleased with how it went, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Impact: Tanaka reportedly used his entire arsenal of pitches in the simulated outing against teammate Brendan Ryan, and Girardi reiterated afterward that he is optimistic the right-hander can return in September. Although Tanaka wasn't especially pleased with his command, he was reportedly throwing his splitter "worry free," which is certainly a good sign given the pitch's torque on the elbow. While a possible return date is still uncertain, it seems Tanaka may have an outside chance to be available for one game of the Yankees' Sept. 12 doubleheader against the Orioles.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Aug 27, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is slated to throw a simulated game Thursday, MLB.com reports. Impact: Once again, Tanaka was able to get through another bullpen session without reporting any pain, an encouraging sign in his return. There's still no specific timetable, but at this point, it appears Tanaka could probably return in mid-to-late September to make a few extra starts this year.(RotoWire, )
Aug 24, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) reported no pain Sunday morning after he completed a 35-pitch simulated game a day earlier, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. Impact: With Tanaka responding well to the session, another simulated game awaits for his Thursday when the team travels to Detroit. The Yankees haven't pinpointed a specific return date for Tanaka, but an early-to-mid-September return would seem reasonable given how positively he's progressed to this point.(RotoWire, )
Sat. Aug 23, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) said he felt fine after throwing 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Saturday, the Associated Press reports. Impact: The Yankees want to wait and see how Tanaka responds to the increased activity when he reports to the team Sunday before plotting out the next step in his rehab, but the hope remains that he'll return before the end of the season and contribute to the Yankees' playoff push.(RotoWire, )
Thu. Aug 21, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) will face live hitters Saturday in a simulated game setting, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports. Impact: It's another step in the rehab process for Tanaka, who hopes to make at least one appearance before the end of the season. He threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday, cycling through his entire arsenal of pitches without issue. Of course, the Yankees will be as cautious as possible with their pricey investment, so Tanaka will be allowed to progress at his own pace.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Aug 20, 2014
News: Tanaka says his injured elbow felt fine after facing batters for the first time in more than a month. Impact: New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild and manager Joe Girardi were pleased with Japanese All-Star's 35-pitch effort Saturday morning. Tanaka has been trying to work his way back from a partial ligament tear in his right elbow rather than face season-ending surgery.(STATS, 6:49pm)
Wed. Aug 20, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) completed a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Impact: Tanaka threw his entire repertoire of pitches -- fastball, curveball, and slider -- and even mixed in five splitters. He appears on course to make an appearance for the Yankees before the season concludes, but first, he must embark upon bullpen sessions and simulated games, at the very least.(RotoWire, )
Tue. Aug 19, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) is slated for a bullpen session Wednesday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Impact: Tanaka is intent on building up his stamina, meaning an uptick from Friday's 25-pitch session should be expected. To avoid further injuring his recovering UCL, though, more caution than normal likely will be exercised.(RotoWire, )
Mon. Aug 18, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) played catch Sunday and reported no issues, MLB.com reports. Impact: The Yankees were anxious to see how Tanaka would respond one day after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session, so the news is yet another encouraging sign that the 25-year-old may be able to avoid Tommy John surgery. Tanaka is scheduled to throw another bullpen next week, which could include some off-speed pitches. If all goes smoothly, he could return to the team in early September.(RotoWire, )
Sat. Aug 16, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw fastballs off the mound without pain Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Impact: The outing marks Tanaka's first time on the hill since landing on the disabled list in early July. He hopes to include breaking balls during his next session off the mound, but many hurdles still exist in his quest to pitch again this season.(RotoWire, )
Sat. Aug 16, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw long toss and took fielding practice off the mound Friday, MLB.com reports. Impact: Each pain-free step Tanaka takes makes it more likely the 25-year-old will be able to return before the end of the 2014 season. He's scheduled to throw 25 fastballs off a mound Saturday, the first time he'll throw off a mound since landing on the disabled list in July.(RotoWire, )
Fri. Aug 15, 2014
News: Tanaka is scheduled to throw 25 pitches Saturday in his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow. Impact: The Yankees put Tanaka on the disabled list on July 9 and hope he can return next month. Tanaka says he has "no pain" in his comeback work and Girardi says "everything has been positive" so far. Tanaka threw on level ground for 12 minutes Friday. He also took grounders for 4 minutes and made pickoff throws to first base.(STATS, 5:43pm)
Fri. Aug 15, 2014
News: Tanaka (elbow) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reports. Impact: Tanaka will throw off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list in early July. He hopes to return to the club at some point in September, but it remains to be seen if that will be the case. The 25-pitch session is a step in the right direction, however.(RotoWire, )
Masahiro Tanaka
2014 Season
W-L
12-4
SV
0
ERA
2.51
K
135
Bio
Ht: 6' 2"  Wt: 205  Age: 25
Bats: R  Throws: R
Born: 11/1/1988, Itami, Japan
College: None
Debut: 2014
Salary: $22,000,000
Injury Status
7/9/2014
ON 15-DAY DL (Right elbow inflammation)