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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 lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Red Sox on Saturday while allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks.
Tanaka looked sharp in his first start in 10 weeks last Sunday, but he just didn't have it in this one. He threw just 25 out of 50 pitches for strikes and didn't have much life on his stuff. The Yankees say that it was just rust and nothing to do with his elbow. Either way, he remains a big question mark going into the offseason. Sep 27 - 4:26 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka feels good and is on track to start against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Good news. Tanaka looked sharp in his first start since July 8 on Sunday against the Blue Jays, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking none. He threw 70 pitches in his return, but will be bumped up to 85 pitches for his final start of the season on Saturday. There haven't been many success stories with pitchers rehabbing a UCL tear, but things are looking up for Tanaka at the moment.
Sep 22 - 4:02 PM

Masahiro Tanaka tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Yankees' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

It was Tanaka's first start since July 8 and he looked great, scattering five hits and fanning four batters over his five-plus frames. Tanaka did not issue a walk and went to only one three-ball count. He's been successful so far in his attempt to rehab a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament and will look to put a promising stamp on his rookie season this week in Boston. Tanaka is 13-4 with a 2.47 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 139/19 K/BB ratio in 134 2/3 major league innings.
Sep 21 - 4:28 PM

Yankees activated RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 60-day disabled list.

Tanaka will make his return to the Yankees' rotation on Sunday versus the Blue Jays. He'll be limited to 70-75 pitches and might be a tad rusty given his two-and-a-half month layoff, but fantasy owners can probably go ahead and roll the dice on the right-hander.
Sep 21 - 11:14 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Tanaka gave up six hits but went five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. The right-hander will likely be limited to 75 pitches in his first game back in the bigs. He was diagnosed in early July with a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow -- an injury that almost always leads to Tommy John surgery.
Sep 16 - 5:00 PM

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Monday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) could rejoin the team's starting rotation this weekend.

Tanaka gave up six hits over five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game in Tampa, Florida. Assuming he feels good Tuesday, the Yankees could clear him to return. The team mostly wants to get a feeling on his progress going into the offseason, so we wouldn't count on him in fantasy leagues. Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow in July.
Sep 15 - 4:48 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.

Tanaka gave up six hits to an opposing lineup filled with young Yankees minor leaguers -- most of them teenagers -- but he pitched out of those threats and, most importantly, felt no discomfort in his right elbow. There's been some speculation that Tanaka might rejoin the Yankees' rotation this coming weekend, but nothing is set in stone. He was diagnosed with a partially-torn UCL in early July.
Sep 15 - 2:31 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will appear in an Instructional League game at the Yankees' minor league complex Monday.

It was reported previously that Tanaka could rejoin the Yankees' rotation if his next throwing session goes well, putting him in line possibly to return during the September 19-21 series against the Blue Jays. Tanaka and the Yankees want to find out if the righty is able to pitch through a partially torn UCL before they go into the offseason.
Sep 10 - 4:02 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that it's possible Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will rejoin the rotation during the September 19-21 series against the Blue Jays.

Tanaka had a successful three-inning simulated game on Tuesday and is expected to either throw another simulated game or perhaps appear in an instructional league game on Sunday. If things go well Sunday, he could be cleared to return. Tanaka and the Yankees want to find out if the righty is able to pitch through a partially torn UCL before they go into the offseason. "I think he wants to feel that he can go home and have a normal offseason and he can be healthy and come back," Girardi said. "I do believe it's important to him."
Sep 10 - 9:52 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw about 44 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday.

The session was split up into three innings. Tanaka had a brief shutdown two weeks ago due to arm fatigue, but he appears to be back on track. The right-hander is currently attempting to rehab a partially-torn elbow ligament and the Yankees want some sort of resolution on his status going into the offseason.
Sep 9 - 3:24 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw all of his pitches during a successful 34-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

It was the first time he's thrown from a mound since a brief shutdown period due to arm fatigue. "I feel that it’s way stronger than it was, so way better," Tanaka said through his interpreter. The right-hander will either throw live batting practice or a simulated game next. Yankees manager Joe Girardi remains hopeful that Tanaka will return at some point this month. "That is the goal," he said, adding "You have to get him in games to resolve the situation. That’s the bottom line because you can’t wait until next spring to resolve it. So it needs to resolve, and we’ll do everything we can to get him in games before we leave."
Sep 7 - 10:03 AM

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

Tanaka came down with some arm fatigue last week, but he was cleared to return to mound work after a flat-ground throwing session on Tuesday went well. Still, it's very unlikely he'll pitch in a game again this season. Tanaka is currently attempting to rehab a partially-torn elbow ligament.
Sep 4 - 4:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw a bullpen session later this week.

Tanaka was cleared for mound work again after a flat-ground throwing session on Tuesday went well. He was shut down a bit due to arm fatigue, but it appears it was just a minor bump in the road. "Every manual test that they did came out really well," Yankees manager Girardi said. "They just said he had some arm fatigue. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen [session] sometime this week and hopefully he's ready to do it." Tanaka still isn't a great bet to make it back this season.
Sep 2 - 8:09 PM

Yankees transferred RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Tanaka has already been out for nearly 60 days, so this affects nothing. He played long toss on Tuesday and felt fine, but the right-hander still seems doubtful to pitch again this season. Tanaka was diagnosed in early July with a partially-torn elbow ligament.
Sep 2 - 3:57 PM

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) was "fine" after long toss and throwing off flat ground on Tuesday.

Tanaka was briefly shut down last week due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm, but he appears to be back on track. Still, Rothschild said that the Yankees are taking things "day-to-day" with him, so he's still a long way from pitching in a game before the end of the year.
Sep 2 - 3:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
3Austin Romine
4J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Stephen Drew
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Zelous Wheeler
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Antoan Richardson
4Eury Perez
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Martin Prado
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Brandon McCarthy
5Shane Greene
6Chris Capuano
7CC Sabathia
8Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Adam Warren
5David Huff
6Esmil Rogers
7Josh Outman
8Preston Claiborne
9Rich Hill
10David Phelps
11Bryan Mitchell
12Chase Whitley