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