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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday.
He came through the session with his elbow feeling fine, but the Yankees will wait and see how he feels on Sunday before determining the next step in his recovery process. The Japanese right-hander is still hopeful of returning to the Yankees rotation this season. Aug 16 - 12:55 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

Tanaka threw off flat ground again Friday and also participated in pitcher's fielding practice. However, Saturday's bullpen session will be his first since he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Tanaka remains hopeful of returning at some point this season and Saturday's 'pen session will go a long way in determining whether that comes to fruition.
Aug 15 - 4:08 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw 10 fastballs on flat ground Wednesday without issue.

It was the first full-effort throwing that Tanaka has done since being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow back in early July. That injury almost always leads to Tommy John reconstructive surgery, but Tanaka told reporters Wednesday that he feels he can return to the majors this year. We'll see.
Aug 13 - 4:20 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) could increase his flat-ground throwing distance from 90 feet to 120 feet as soon as Tuesday.

If Tanaka feels good from 120 feet, the next step could be getting on a mound. "So far, so good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday. "He’s not throwing pitches, but he’s at 90 feet and he let it go a little bit today." Tanaka remains hopeful of avoiding surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, but he still has a long ways to go.
Aug 11 - 6:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) made 60 flat-ground throws from 90 feet Thursday and will do it again on Friday.

He'll have to make that many throws from 120 feet before cleared to throw off a mound. Tanaka is feeling good so far, but it's not worth getting worked up about him possibly making it back this season until he's throwing off a bump with no issues. Tommy John surgery remains a distinct possibility.
Aug 8 - 9:05 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) made another 50 throws on Tuesday and felt good.

Tanaka played catch Monday for the first time since being shut down with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament and he picked up the intensity a bit on Tuesday. It's good news, but he still has plenty of hurdles to cross before returning to game action. Tommy John surgery remains a distinct possibility.
Aug 5 - 3:57 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) played catch Monday.

Tanaka made about 25 throws and told WFAN's Sweeny Murti that he experienced no discomfort in his right elbow. He is hoping to avoid surgery for his partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament and recently underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection. The odds still are that he will eventually require Tommy John surgery.
Aug 4 - 2:07 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to meet with the doctor again on Monday.

He has reported much improvement since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow three weeks ago. He's hoping to receive clearance to begin playing catch, though the threat of Tommy John surgery still looms large.
Aug 3 - 5:46 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) "feels better and better."

It's been nearly three weeks since Tanaka receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. While it's encouraging that he's feeling better, it means little until he resumes throwing from a mound. The odds of Tanaka eventually requiring Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament are still high.
Jul 28 - 6:32 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday "it's too early to call" whether the rest program prescribed for Masahiro Tanaka's right elbow will work.

The other option is obviously surgery, so the Yankees are going to give the program all the time they can before making a decision. Cashman did add that Tanaka is feeling better since he was shut down on July 10 due to a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He's still weeks away from any potential return to the mound.
Jul 23 - 6:47 PM

Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Oh boy. The Yankees are saying that the tear is small and Tanaka could return after six weeks following a platelet-rich plasma injection. The club noted that the right-hander has seen three doctors and none of them have recommended surgery at this point. However, general manager Brian Cashman also isn't ruling out an operation eventually being required. Tanaka is in the first year of a seven-year, $155 million contract.
Jul 10 - 9:01 PM

Yankees placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

Tanaka has flown back to New York to undergo an MRI on his pitching elbow. It's a frightening situation for the Yankees, who committed a record-breaking seven-year, $155 million contract to the Japanese right-hander this winter. Tanaka owns an exceptional 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 135/19 K/BB ratio over his first 129 1/3 major league frames.
Jul 9 - 5:03 PM

The New York Post's George A. King III reports that Masahiro Tanaka has flown back to New York in order to undergo an MRI on his pitching arm.

Oh boy. Tanaka is coming off his worst two starts for the Yankees, and it sounds like he was compromised. At this point it's not clear what part of the arm is being looked at, but obviously it's a big red flag regardless. Tanaka had been scheduled to start the Yanks' final game of the first half Sunday in Baltimore, but it's probably safe to go ahead and assume he'll need a replacement. Hold your breath, Yankees fans.
Jul 9 - 3:30 PM

Masahiro Tanaka uncharacteristically struggled on Tuesday, allowing five runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Yankees lost to the Indians.

In his last start on Thursday, Tanaka allowed four runs for the first time in his major league career. On Tuesday, Tanaka allowed five for the first time. The right-hander surrendered two home runs -- to Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley -- while allowing ten hits overall, walking one, and striking out five. Tanaka still sports an impressive 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and a 135/19 K/BB ratio. He'll try to get back into the win column in Sunday's start against the Orioles at Camden Yards, the final game before the All-Star break.
Jul 8 - 10:19 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs for the first time in his career, but still got his 12th win as the Yankees defeated the Twins 7-4 on Thursday.

It took 17 starts, but Tanaka finally allowed more than three runs. The Yankees brought their own lumber, though, and gave Tanaka ample run support. The right-hander allowed nine hits, walked none, and struck out three. A Cy Young candidate through the first three-plus months of the season, Tanaka has a 2.27 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 130/18 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Indians on the road next.
Jul 3 - 11:03 PM

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2Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Martin Prado
2Ichiro Suzuki
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Starting Pitcher
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4David Phelps
5Brandon McCarthy
6Shane Greene
7Chris Capuano
8CC Sabathia
9Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
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5David Huff
6Chase Whitley
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8Rich Hill
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