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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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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that the club hopes Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will be ready to resume throwing off a mound on Thursday.
Tanaka is currently limited to a strengthening program due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm, but the Yanks seem convinced it's merely a minor setback. They're still holding out hope that he'll rejoin the rotation at some point next month. "He’ll play catch for the next five or six days," Girardi said. "Our hope is to get him on a mound Thursday. I still think there’s time to get him back if there are no more setbacks," Girardi added. "If there was to be another setback, obviously there would be a lot of concern." Aug 31 - 9:54 AM

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Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has been shut down from throwing due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm.

Tanaka said the pain he's experiencing is more in his forearm than elbow. The Yankees are saying that no doctor appointment is scheduled, so it appears to be a relatively minor setback. Still, the odds of Tanaka returning to contribute this year already weren't great and now he has less of a chance. The righty had been scheduled for a simulated game on Tuesday, but his timetable is now up in the air. Fantasy owners certainly shouldn't be counting on him.
Aug 29 - 4:23 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a successful simulated game Thursday morning at Comerica Park.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters afterward that the 49-pitch workout went well. Tanaka continues to make steady progress in his attempt to rehab a torn ulnar collateral ligament and could rejoin the Yankees' starting rotation next month if everything continues to go smoothly. It's not often that a pitcher who is diagnosed with a torn UCL is able to avoid Tommy John surgery, but it's also not unprecedented.
Aug 28 - 10:52 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Thursday.

It's the next step after he got through a 35-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday. Tanaka's progress from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament has been encouraging, but obviously he's not close to being out of the woods yet. The Yankees are hoping he'll be ready to rejoin their rotation at some point next month.
Aug 24 - 11:07 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) felt good during a 35-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday.

"I felt like I wasn’t able to hit my spot as much as I wanted to. I feel it’s a little bit still rusty, but there were some good balls that I was able to throw, so it was a good step and I want to keep moving forward," Tanaka said through a translator. "I’m not saving anything when I throw each pitch." There remains no timetable for Tanaka's return, but he continues to progress in his recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Perhaps the Yankees will get their ace back this season after all.
Aug 24 - 9:54 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to face live hitters on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

It'll be his first taste of simulated action since being diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow back in early July. That injury pretty much always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but Tanaka is trying the rehab route first and having success with it so far. He threw all of his sliders in a 35-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon. The Japanese ace is aiming to return sometime in September.
Aug 21 - 11:10 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon.

Tanaka mixed in fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and even a few splitters while reporting no discomfort in his right elbow. "It went well, but it was actually my first time throwing breaking balls –- something other than fastballs –- in the bullpen, so I felt it was a little bit rusty," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I’ll have to brush that up a little bit." The right-hander was diagnosed in early July with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, but he is aiming to return to a major league mound sometime in September.
Source: MLBlogs
Aug 20 - 5:46 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday.

It's not clear how many pitches he will throw after he tossed 25 fastballs in his first bullpen session Saturday. Tanaka's recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament has gone as well as could be hoped to this point, but he's far from out of the woods. There's no timetable for the righty's return.
Aug 20 - 9:32 AM

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

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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Stephen Drew
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Zelous Wheeler
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Martin Prado
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4David Phelps
5Brandon McCarthy
6Shane Greene
7Chris Capuano
8CC Sabathia
9Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Adam Warren
5David Huff
6Esmil Rogers
7Josh Outman