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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 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

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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

Masahiro Tanaka allowed just two runs over nine innings but took a loss Saturday against the Red Sox.

Tanaka gave up a solo home run to David Ross in the top of the third inning and a go-ahead solo shot to Mike Napoli in the top of the ninth. But he struck out eight, walked just one, and still boasts a shiny 2.10 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 127/18 K/BB ratio through his first 115 2/3 innings as a major leaguer. He'll get the Twins on the road next.
Jun 28 - 10:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings to take his second loss of the season against the Orioles on Sunday.

We make note of his losses because they don't happen often -- the loss was just his second since 2012. On Sunday, he surrendered a solo homer to Jonathan Schoop and gave up two more runs in the seventh before exiting. Even with the occasional loss, Tanaka is 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 119/17 K/BB ratio in 15 starts. He'll have a chance to get back on the right track Saturday against the Red Sox.
Jun 22 - 6:21 PM

Masahiro Tanaka improved to 11-1, allowing one run over six innings as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 3-1 on Tuesday.

Tanaka continues to be exactly what the Yankees paid for and more. The only damage against the right-hander came early, when Jose Reyes smacked a homer to lead off the ballgame. Overall, Tanaka allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out 10. He has an eye-popping 1.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 113/16 K/BB ratio in 99 2/3 innings. Tanaka will look to keep it going against the Orioles at home in his next outing.
Jun 17 - 10:30 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 11 while yielding two runs in his second complete game of the year to beat the Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Japanese import appeared destined to finish off his second complete game shutout of the year, but James Jones legged out an infield single in the ninth and Robinson Cano followed with a two-run homer. Tanaka was pitching on an extra day's rest after Monday's game against the Royals was postponed, pushing his scheduled Tuesday outing back 24 hours. He required 110 pitches to turn out the Safeco Field lights. The 25-year-old improves to 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Tanaka welcomes another rookie to New York on Tuesday when Marcus Stroman and the Jays come to town.
Jun 12 - 1:02 AM

Masahiro Tanaka held the Athletics to one run over six innings as part of a 2-1 victory on Thursday afternoon.

Tanaka gave up five hits and one walk while striking out four. The only damage was a home run by John Jaso in the first inning. He lowered his AL-best ERA to 2.02 and now has nine victories on the year. It's scary to think where the Yankees would be without him.
Jun 5 - 4:45 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out nine and allowed just an unearned run over eight innings in a 3-1 win over the Twins on Saturday.

Tanaka held the Twins to just four hits and two walks. He gave up an RBI single to Josh Willingham in the bottom of the first inning, but held them off the board the rest of the way. The Yankees scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to put him in position for his eighth win. Tanaka leads the AL with a 2.06 ERA and holds an awesome 88/12 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings through 11 starts. He continues to be a fantasy ace in his first season stateside.
May 31 - 4:55 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn the win against the White Sox on Sunday.

A start after suffering his first loss, Tanaka rebounded for another dominant outing on Sunday. The right-hander walked two while striking out six. The win was Tanaka's seventh of the season, lowering his ERA and WHIP to 2.29 and 0.98, respectively. He also owns a 79/10 K/BB ratio in his 70 2/3 innings of work. He'll next face the Twins on Saturday.
May 25 - 6:38 PM

Masahiro Tanaka surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Cubs.

It was his first loss in professional baseball since 2012. Tanaka struck out seven batters and issued only one walk, but the Cubs got to him for eight hits on a wet night at Wrigley Field. Tanaka is now 6-1 with a 2.39 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 73/8 K/BB ratio in 64 innings with the Yankees. He should get back on track Sunday versus the White Sox.
May 20 - 11:38 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter against the Mets on Wednesday for his first major league complete game and shutout.

Tanaka notched his first complete game on May 14 of his rookie year, just like Daisuke Matsuzaka did for the Red Sox seven years ago tonight. Dice-K has never had another since, but odds are that Tanaka will have a few more. He struck out eight and walked none in the 114-pitch gem tonight. He even had a single in the ninth, giving him one more hit than Mets pitchers have all season.
May 14 - 10:33 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Kelly Johnson
3Zelous Wheeler
4Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4David Phelps
5Brandon McCarthy
6Chase Whitley
7Shane Greene
8Chris Capuano
9CC Sabathia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Matt Thornton
5Adam Warren
6David Huff
7Jeff Francis
8Chris Leroux