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.
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.
Getting themselves eliminated in the AL East race Monday night was one thing. Turning the near future of Masahiro Tanaka irrelevant was quite another.
Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees’ rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two month.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
The Yankees announced Friday that Masahiro Tanaka’s comeback from an elbow injury is going to take a little longer than first thought.
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.
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild and manager Joe Girardi were pleased with Japanese All-Star’s 35-pitch effort Saturday morning.
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.
Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka looked “fine,” but that it’s “more important how he feels tomorrow.”
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.
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.