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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) indicated Friday that he "can't say for sure" whether he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Tanaka underwent arthroscopic surgery in late November to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He began throwing from a mound this week and says he's "perfectly healthy," although it wouldn't be a surprise if the Yankees take it slowly with him this spring. Ultimately, he should be fine well in advance of Opening Day. The bigger injury concern with Tanaka remains the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that he's been pitching through. Feb 12 - 12:08 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw off a mound on Tuesday.

It's the first time he's thrown off the bump since he underwent surgery back in October to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Tanaka might be a little behind others in spring training, but he's fully expected to be ready to roll come Opening Day. The righty held a 3.51 ERA and 139/27 K/BB ratio over 154 innings last season.
Feb 9 - 4:29 PM

Masahiro Tanaka underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

The Yankees said the bone spur dates back to his time in Japan. Tanaka will need about six weeks of exercise and strengthening before beginning a throwing program, but he's expected to be ready for spring training next year. Amid uncertainty about a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, Tanaka posted a 3.51 ERA and 139/27 K/BB ratio over 154 innings this season.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka lasted just five innings Tuesday, yielding two runs on four hits and three walks while losing to the Astros.

Tanaka wasn't particularly sharp and was lucky to get through five frames having allowed just the two runs. He served up a couple longballs and managed to escape a bases loaded situation in the second innings. The right-hander needed 83 pitches to cover the five frames and Yankees manager Joe Girardi then went to his bullpen. Tanaka dealt with some injury this year but did manage to successfully pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 11:33:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka is in line to start the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.

Tanaka, who recently suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain, allowed four runs in five innings in his return to action Wednesday against the Red Sox. He came out of game feeling good, so he remains on track to start Tuesday's elimination game.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka surrendered four runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

Tanaka's stuff wasn't great in this one, and it certainly wasn't the tuneup the Yankees were hoping for as the lead in to next week's wild card game. Tanaka is still likely the favorite to start that one, even though it seems like the Yankees' best pitcher right now is Luis Severino. Tanaka finishes the year 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts. Even with the diminished velocity, he'll take a 0.99 WHIP into the postseason.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 11:37:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will return to the Yankees' rotation Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Tanaka was skipped on his last turn through the rotation with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He made it through a couple of bullpen sessions over the weekend without issue. The right-hander boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 136/26 K/BB ratio in 149 innings this season for the Yankees.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that he's not sure when Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will make his next start.

Tanaka threw a bullpen session Friday and the feeling had been that he'd be slotted back into the rotation early this week. However, it sounds like the Yanks may wait a bit longer. Since they're virtually locked into the first Wild Card spot, they can afford to be cautious. "I think he’ll pitch. I’m pretty confident in that," Girardi said. "But as I said, we have to make sure that he’s where he needs to be before we put him out there."
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 09:36:00 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) threw a successful bullpen session Friday and is expected to rejoin the Yankees' rotation early next week.

Tanaka admitted that his hamstring injury is "not completely gone," but he thinks it's good enough to pitch through. He'll pitch either on Monday or Tuesday against the Red Sox. Tanaka boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 136/26 K/BB ratio across 149 innings this season.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 04:41:00 PM

The Yankees announced Thursday that Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will throw a bullpen in the coming days, and could be cleared to rejoin the starting rotation as early as Monday or Tuesday.

That's predicated by the fact that he makes it through the bullpen session without any issues. Even while pitching through several injuries this season, Tanaka owns a terrific 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 136/26 K/BB ratio across 149 innings.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 10:17:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday that Masahiro Tanaka is dealing with a grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss his next scheduled start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

It's unclear how long the issue will sideline him for, but he is expected to return this season. The 26-year-old hurler has battled through several injuries this season, compiling a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 136/26 K/BB ratio over his 149 innings.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 05:47:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well in defeat during Friday's contest with the Mets, surrendering two runs over six innings.

Both runs on Tanaka's line scored via the home run, as Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy took him deep for solo shots in the second and sixth innings. The Yankee workhorse still owns a strong 3.38 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, though he's also allowed 24 homers in 23 starts covering 149 innings. He'll head out on the road to face the Blue Jays in the Yankees' next series, in what will probably be the Bombers last real chance to make a run at the AL East.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 10:38:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka helped the Yankees keep pace in the AL East, tossing seven shutout innings in Sunday's win.

It was a pretty easy outing for Tanaka, as he limited the Jays to only four hits while walking none and striking out seven. With the win, the Yankees move back to within 3.5 games of first place in the AL East. Tanaka will head into a weekend road start against the Mets with a 12-6 record, a 3.40 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and a 132/26 K/BB ratio over 143 innings.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched quite well, striking out 10 over eight innings of one-run ball, but was left with a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

Tanaka made one mistake, resulting in a solo home run to Ryan Flaherty to lead off the sixth inning. He allowed six hits and a walk on the evening. The outing ranks as one of Tanaka's better starts on the year. He owns a 3.57 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP and a 125/26 K/BB ratio over 136 innings. He'll face the Blue Jays at home next.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 10:31:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

It wasn't the best outing Tanaka has ever had, but it didn't need to be as the Yanks batters provided him 13 runs of support. Tanaka gave up six hits and a walk, striking out five in the win. The right-hander improved to 11-6 with a 3.73 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 115/25 K/BB ratio through 20 starts. Tanaka will next take the mound Tuesday against the Orioles.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 07:42:00 PM

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