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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / NYY
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Yankees activated RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 10-day disabled list.
Tanaka went down a week and a half ago with shoulder inflammation, but he'll make his return Tuesday against the Tigers. The hope is that the extra rest will get him back on track for the stretch run. Tanaka uncharacteristically walked five batters over four innings in his most recent start back on August 9. Aug 22 - 11:25 AM

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Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) is expected to start Tuesday against the Tigers.

He got the green light after making it through a 37-pitch bullpen session on Friday. Tanaka landed on the DL with shoulder inflammation last week but is already nearing full strength and won't need to make a rehab start. The Yankees' rotation is finally getting healthy with CC Sabathia (knee) returning to the mound Saturday and Tanaka due back Tuesday.
Aug 19 - 5:51 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) did not throw a bullpen session Thursday as initially anticipated.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi insisted that everything was fine with Tanaka, so it sounds like it could just be the club altering their schedule for the righty rather than it being any sort of setback. The club had been hoping that Tanaka will be ready to rejoin their rotation next week, so we'll continue to work under that assumption until we hear otherwise.
Aug 18 - 9:33 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

It will be the right-hander's first mound session since landing on the DL with right shoulder inflammation last week. The Yankees are hoping to have Tanaka back next week against Detroit. He's looked much better since the All-Star break, contributing a 3.13 ERA over five second-half starts.
Aug 16 - 6:06 PM

Yankees placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Tanaka didn't look right in his last start, walking five batters in his four-plus innings of work, and perhaps now we know why. The Yankees are struggling for rotation depth at the moment with CC Sabathia also placed on the disabled list on Friday.
Aug 12 - 12:20 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs -- two earned -- in a brief four-inning start versus the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

His teammates spotted him a lead but he didn't stick around long enough to be credited with the win. He struggled with his control as he walked five batters and burned 88 pitches to get through four-plus frames. He held the Jays to two base hits but one of them was a solo bomb by Jose Bautista. Tanaka has been wildly inconsistent, mixing dominant outings with clunkers all year. His record holds at 8-10 with a 4.92 ERA in 23 starts. He has a very nice 141-33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 133 2/3 innings. His problem has been the gopherball -- he has allowed a career-high 28 dingers already this season.
Aug 10 - 12:35 AM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed just two runs -- one earned -- over six innings but took a loss Wednesday versus the Tigers.

Tanaka struck out seven and issued just one walk, but he allowed runs in the top of the first and the top of the fourth and he got no support from the Yankees' offense. The right-hander is now 8-10 on the year with a 4.93 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 139/28 K/BB ratio in 129 2/3 innings. Up next is a road start against the Blue Jays.
Aug 2 - 8:40 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out a career-high 14 batters over eight innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory over the Rays on Friday.

Tanaka was perfect until Adeiny Hechavarria singled with two outs in the fifth inning. The lone run scored on a solo homer off the bat of new Rays slugger Lucas Duda in the seventh. Tanaka didn’t issue a walk and had 21 swings and misses in his 109 pitches. It’s been an up-and-down year for him, but the Yankees would love to see more of this version of him as they push for a postseason berth. Tanaka will bring a 5.09 ERA into a start against the Tigers next week.
Jul 28 - 9:57 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed four earned runs, seven hits and no walks with six strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision in Seattle on Saturday.

Tanaka looked to be turning a corner in June, posting his best ERA of the season at 3.94 in five starts during the month. However, he is back to his early-season struggles, going 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA and five homers allowed across 25 innings over four starts in July. He'll look to get back in the win column Friday against the Rays at home.
Jul 23 - 5:46 AM

Masahiro Tanaka logged a quality start in a losing effort against the Red Sox on Sunday, surrendering three runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings.

Tanaka punched out nine on the evening and didn't walk a batter. The big blow against him came on a two-run blast off the bat of Mookie Betts in the third inning. Has now logged quality starts in four of his last five outings, lowering his ERA from 6.34 to 5.33 in the process. He'll look to keep it going on Saturday when he does battle against the Mariners in Seattle.
Jul 16 - 11:16 PM

Masahiro Tanaka took a beating Sunday in the Yankees’ loss to Milwaukee, allowing six hits and five runs over 4 1/3 lackluster innings.

He finished the afternoon with five strikeouts and one walk. The Brewers flexed their power muscles against Tanaka, drilling two homers against the right-hander. Travis Shaw took him deep for a three-run jack in the first followed by a Stephen Vogt solo shot in the second. Tanaka had been pitching better of late, allowing just three runs over his previous three outings. The right-hander will go to the break with an uncharacteristically high 5.47 ERA over 18 starts for the Bombers.
Jul 9 - 5:45 PM

Masahiro Tanaka delivered his third straight strong outing on Monday, limiting the Blue Jays to one run on five hits over seven innings.

The right-hander punched out eight on the night while issuing only one walk. The only blemish on his night came on an RBI single off the bat of Darwin Barney in the seventh inning. While his 5.25 ERA and 1.36 WHIP on the season look unappealing, he has been a completely different pitcher his last three starts. He'll try to finish the first half strong on Sunday against the Brewers.
Jul 3 - 10:27 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched six innings of two-run ball in a victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Tanaka has turned in consecutive strong outings with Gary Sanchez behind the plate, which seems like particularly good news for the Yankees; his previous success this season almost exclusively came in Austin Romine pairings. Tanaka allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five tonight. Although he shut out the Rangers for eight innings last time out, the win tonight was his first since May 8.
Jun 29 - 12:40 AM

Masahiro Tanaka fired eight scoreless frames in a no-decision against the Rangers on Friday.

Tanaka was on point, allowing just three hits while striking out nine and walking a pair. He threw first-pitch strikes to 26 out of the 27 batters he faced. It was his longest outing since his shutout against the Red Sox back on April 27. Fantasy owners will probably want to see back-to-back strong outings before trusting Tanaka again, but an effort like this one shows why folks should keep the faith.
Jun 24 - 1:38 AM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters in four innings but gave up five runs and was charged with a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

He gave up solo homers to Matt Joyce once and Ryon Healy twice. All told he gave up eight hits and one walk but it was the bombs that did him in again. He has allowed a whopping 21 longballs in his 14 starts this year. He allowed 22 homers in 31 starts a year ago. Tanaka falls to 5-7 with a 6.34 ERA. He has a nice 76/21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 76 2/3 innings, which indicates he will resume his ace-like ways if he can cure this nasty case of gopheritis.
Jun 17 - 7:42 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
1B1Chase Headley
2Tyler Austin
3Garrett Cooper
4Greg Bird
2B1Starlin Castro
2Tyler Wade
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Ronald Torreyes
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Aaron Judge
DH1Matt Holliday
2Clint Frazier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Luis Severino
3Sonny Gray
4CC Sabathia
5Jaime Garcia
6Luis Cessa
7Michael Pineda
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2David Robertson
3Aroldis Chapman
4Tommy Kahnle
5Adam Warren
6Chad Green
7Chasen Shreve
8Bryan Mitchell
9Caleb Smith