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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Masahiro Tanaka wasn't at his best on Sunday but still picked up a victory over the Red Sox, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits over his five innings of work.
Tanaka struck out four and walked three on the night. The Yankees did the heavy lifting, staking him to a 7-0 advantage after the first inning, and it was cruise control after that for the right-hander. He'll head into Saturday's matchup against the Rays in Tampa with a 7.00 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio through his first nine innings. Apr 12 - 11:35 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka was lit up for five earned runs over four innings in the Yankees' Opening Day loss to the visiting Blue Jays on Monday afternoon in New York.

Tanaka was perfect through two innings and struck out three of the first four batters he faced, but the Jays began practicing a little more patience in the third frame and made the compromised right-hander look ordinary or worse. Tanaka is trying to pitch through a partially torn ligament in his right elbow -- an injury that almost always leads to Tommy John surgery. He's only had two starts in his MLB career in which he went fewer than five innings, and they're his last two. It's hard to be optimistic at this point.
Apr 6 - 4:21 PM

Masahiro Tanaka announced Saturday that he's changing his pitching style this year and that not much should be expected in the way of velocity.

He's attempting to pitch through a partially torn UCL, so the idea to not throw at 100 percent effort makes sense from a standpoint of prolonging his season. It's unclear how that will impact his overall effectiveness though. We'll presumably find out on Opening Day when he does battle against the Blue Jays.
Apr 4 - 12:07 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Twins.

Whether he's saving it for the regular season or not, Tanaka didn't show his best velocity today. His last two outings have come in on the discouraging side, at least as far as his chances of re-emerging as one of the AL's most dominant starters this year. He's showed a better fastball when he's wanted to this spring, but it's hard to tell whether he'll be able to take good stuff to the mound every six days.
Mar 31 - 4:35 PM

The Yankees have named Masahiro Tanaka their Opening Day starter.

Tanaka's elbow has held up thus far in camp, so it's a no-brainer to send him out there on April 6 versus the Blue Jays. The Yanks also announced that Tanaka would be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Adam Warren is the favorite to capture the final spot in the rotation. Tanaka's upside his sky-high, but he remains a big health risk in 2015.
Mar 27 - 10:58 AM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven Wednesday versus the Mets.

Tanaka was throwing his sinker more today, though you'd never know that from the results (besides the strikeouts, he ended up with two outs on the ground and three through the air). He was generally showing less velocity as a result, but that seemed to be by design. Tanaka will soon be named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.
Mar 25 - 5:17 PM

Masahiro Tanaka is expected to be named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi admitted Tuesday that C.C. Sabathia can't start on Opening Day because he would be on short rest. Tanaka would certainly be deserving of the honor after a phenomenal rookie season in 2014. He's attempting to pitch through a partially torn UCL though, so how long he lasts into the 2015 season remains a mystery.
Mar 24 - 11:29 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) hit 94 mph on the radar gun during his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday.

Tanaka sat mostly around 90 mph but was able to reach back for more. He also threw 15 of 19 pitches for strikes as he breezed through two perfect innings against the Braves. "That’s really impressive," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We talk all year long about pounding the strike zone and that’s what he did. And he did it down in the zone; that’s why he had success." It's been so far, so good for Tanaka to this point, but he remains unlikely to hold up throughout 2015 while pitching through a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Mar 13 - 11:19 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday.

Tanaka has checked all the boxes this spring as he works his way back from a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The progress is encouraging, but the right-hander remains a poor bet to hold up health-wise for the upcoming season.
Mar 8 - 2:30 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is likely to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 12 against the Braves.

The Yankees have yet to make an official announcement. Tanaka made it through another bullpen session Wednesday morning -- throwing about 30 pitches in all -- and hasn't reported any issues with his elbow. The Yankees expect him to begin the season in the rotation, but he remains a very risky investment in fantasy leagues.
Mar 4 - 12:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday morning in Yankees camp.

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the ball was coming out of Tanaka's hand well and that he's pleased with the right-hander's progress since last year's diagnosis of a partially-torn elbow ligament. Tanaka has been able to avoid Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery with a successful rehab plan, but he remains a risky fantasy bet for the 2015 season.
Feb 26 - 9:57 AM

Masahiro Tanaka threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Thursday in Yankees camp.

Tanaka tossed 21 pitches -- all fastballs -- in the short mound workout. The right-hander avoided Tommy John surgery last season despite being diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and he should be a full-go for the start of the 2015 regular season. But this does have the feel of a ticking time bomb.
Feb 19 - 3:46 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) played long toss in Yankees camp on Tuesday afternoon.

Tanaka arrived in Tampa, Florida on Monday after a fairly normal offseason. He successfully rehabbed a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow last year and the hope remains that he will be able to avoid Tommy John surgery. "So far, everything has been good," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tuesday. "That doesn't mean that it will be going forward, but we're going to do everything we can to make sure that hopefully it is."
Feb 17 - 4:47 PM

The Yankees were expecting Masahiro Tanaka to arrive in Tampa on Monday and perhaps begin workouts on Tuesday.

Tanaka, who rehabbed a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament last year, hasn't had any setbacks with his workouts and throwing program this offseason. Still, the Yankees will be cautious. "You have to be aware of it," said Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild. "We’ll be aware to put schedules together to try to keep him healthy. So far, everything’s been good. That doesn’t mean it will be going forward, but we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that it is." Tanaka's upside is tremendous, but his elbow will make him a risky pick in fantasy leagues this spring.
Feb 17 - 8:46 AM

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Monday that offseason reports on Masahiro Tanaka's elbow have been positive.

Tanaka, who rehabbed a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament last year, is throwing and doing his normal conditioning program in Japan. "So far he's felt good," said Rothschild. "He's had a good winter." The Yankees are banking on Tanaka being a member of their starting rotation this season, but he's a major risk for fantasy owners and we expect that to be reflected in his ADP (average draft position).
Feb 9 - 5:10 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Stephen Drew
2Jose Pirela
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Gregorio Petit
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Carlos Beltran
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2CC Sabathia
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Adam Warren
6Ivan Nova
7Chris Capuano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3David Carpenter
4Justin Wilson
5Esmil Rogers
6Chris Martin
7Branden Pinder