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Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Sims: Tanaka’s Starts The Rest Of The Way Will Determine If He Needs Surgery

Even if he successfully completes one or two 75-pitch starts without complaint, there is no assurance that Tanaka will be able to avoid surgery.

13 hours ago

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after pitching the first inning of a simulated game on September 15, 2014 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yanks’ Impending Exit Makes Tanaka’s Return Irrelevant

Getting themselves eliminated in the AL East race Monday night was one thing. Turning the near future of Masahiro Tanaka irrelevant was quite another.

09/17/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches in a simulated game on September 15, 2014 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Tanaka Likely To Throw 70-75 Pitches Against Blue Jays On Sunday

Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees’ rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two month.

09/16/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees warms up in the bullpen before pitching in a simulated game on September 15, 2014 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Tanaka Throws 5 Scoreless Frames, Could Rejoin Rotation This Weekend

Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in an instructional-league simulated game Monday, perhaps the final step before the injured Japanese pitcher rejoins the Yankees.

09/15/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Tanaka Could Return To Yankees’ Rotation After 1 More Simulated Game

“If he pitched in a big-league game or two and felt good, you wouldn’t do surgery on a guy that felt good,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line.”

09/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Tanaka To Throw Bullpen Session Saturday; Is A Game Next?

The Yankees plan to have Masahiro Tanaka throw another bullpen session Saturday and say the injured star must pitch in some sort of game setting to determine whether he can avoid elbow surgery.

09/05/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on August 23, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Ace Masahiro Tanaka To Throw Bullpen Session This Week

Masahiro Tanaka plans to throw a bullpen this week, the next step for the injured New York Yankees ace as he tries to overcome a recent setback.

09/03/2014

The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session at Tropicana Field on Aug. 16, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Tanaka Feels General Arm Soreness, Comeback Put On Hold

The Yankees announced Friday that Masahiro Tanaka’s comeback from an elbow injury is going to take a little longer than first thought.

08/29/2014

The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, right, throw one of his 49 pitches during a simulated game at Comerica Park in Detroit on Aug. 28, 2014. (Photo: Sweeny Murti/WFAN)

Tanaka Throws Simulated Game At Comerica, Reports No Problems

Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka didn’t shy away from any of his pitches Thursday, and Tanaka said any soreness he felt was normal for a session like that.

08/28/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches in his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list  at Tropicana Field on August 16, 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Tanaka Says Elbow Feels Fine After Pitching For Batters

New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild and manager Joe Girardi were pleased with Japanese All-Star’s 35-pitch effort Saturday morning.

08/23/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees looks on after the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on August 5, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tanaka Uses Most Of His Arsenal In 35-Pitch, Pain-Free Bullpen Session

Though the Yankees seem intent on finding ways to knock themselves out of the AL playoff races, Masahiro Tanaka looks determined to get back on the mound and try to help them this season.

08/20/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches in his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list  at Tropicana Field on August 16, 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Tanaka Has 1st Bullpen Session Since Elbow Injury

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka looked “fine,” but that it’s “more important how he feels tomorrow.”

08/16/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Tanaka Cranks Up The Rehab Intensity, Reports No Pain

Masahiro Tanaka, who has been out since July 8 with a small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, threw nearly a dozen fastballs from the stretch off flat ground on Wednesday.

08/13/2014

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Hartnett: Make No Mistake, The Yankees’ Once-Mighty Empire Is Crumbling

With 44 games remaining, the Yankees do not possess the fear-inducing aura of Bronx Bombers teams of recent vintage. And unless the front office changes its philosophy, it’s only going to get worse.

08/13/2014

The exterior of Yankee Stadium (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka Selling Tickets, Greeting Fans Prior To Yankees Game

Heading to the Yankees game on Wednesday night? You could be in for a special kind of treat. When you walk into the stadium — and especially if you’re buying tickets — you might run into some familiar faces.

08/06/2014

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