Masahiro Tanaka

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees talks with the media during spring training media availability at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Tanaka Throws 40 Pitches In Third Bullpen Session, Could Throw BP Next Week

The Yankees are considering whether to give rotation pitchers an extra day between starts occasionally by using a sixth starter, an idea Tanaka thinks is good.

02/26/2015

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees talks with the media during spring training media availability at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka Feels Fine After Throwing 34 Pitches In Second Bullpen Session

“It’s absolutely good,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I think the No. 1 thing is throwing it a little bit harder than last time.”

02/23/2015

Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Tanaka: Elbow Is ‘Healed,’ And I Can Throw ‘Absolutely Fine’

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said Friday his elbow injury from last season is behind him and expects to pitch this year problem free.

02/20/2015

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Pitchers And Catchers: 2015 Season Hinges On Health Of Arms

When healthy, the Yankees’ top three of Tanaka, Pineda and Sabathia could be as good as any in baseball. The problem: they have to prove they’re no longer damaged goods.

02/20/2015

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’s First Bullpen Session Of The Spring Appears To Go Smoothly

Masahiro Tanaka threw 21 pitches in his first bullpen session of the year at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

02/19/2015

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)

Rothschild: Yankees Will Let Tanaka’s Elbow Dictate The Spring Tempo

Masahiro Tanaka probably will throw his first bullpen session of the year on Thursday at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

02/18/2015

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)

Yanks’ Masahiro Tanaka Throws For 34 Minutes On Level Ground

After arriving from Japan, the 26-year-old threw at up to about 200 feet. He ended his session by using his delivery to make 16 level ground pitches at 60 feet.

02/17/2015

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Jared Max: Yankees Need To Realize That Glory Is Not Rebuilt With One Swing

I love classic rock, but I cannot listen to the Yankees play the same Boston and Bad Company songs again. They need to become more of a progressive college radio station.

02/17/2015

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)

Rothschild: Offseason Reports On Tanaka’s Elbow Have Been Positive

“So far he’s felt good,” Rothschild said Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “He’s had a good winter.”

02/09/2015

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Cashman On WFAN: Yankees Ready To Meet With A-Rod, Make The Best Of It

The biggest sideshow in sports is a few weeks away from turning Yankees spring training upside-down. Brian Cashman is ready for the Alex Rodriguez experience.

02/06/2015

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)

Palladino: As Camp Nears, Yanks Have Major Question Marks In Rotation

In two weeks, pitchers and catchers will report with a starting five comprised of three legitimate injury risks, one young flamethrower in Eovaldi and an average swingman in Capuano.

02/06/2015

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Keidel: The Mets Are More Interesting — And Probably Better — Than The Yankees

The Yankees are no longer the bullies on the block. Retire the Darth Vader masks. The Jeter babies can burn those nauseating “Got Rings?” shirts. Lose the elitism.

01/21/2015

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees runs to second base against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning during a game at Fenway Park on September 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jeter Returns To Lineup; Red Sox Beat Yankees 10-4

Derek Jeter went 1 for 2 with an infield single and left for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. Even he wasn’t going to pull the Yankees out of this hole in the next-to-last game of his 20-year big league career.

09/27/2014

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.

09/18/2014

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

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