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.
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka made 50 throws from 60 feet before Tuesday night’s game against Detroit. That’s twice as many tosses as Tanaka took Monday in his first action since being shut down in early July.
The right-hander, on the 15-day disabled list with a partial UCL tear, made 25 throws from 60 feet at Yankee Stadium on Monday. He said he felt good and reported no pain.
The increase in Tommy John surgeries has been dramatic in recent years. But as doctors and other health-care providers learn more and more about the UCL injuries and how to prevent them, those numbers should go down.
“I have to reinforce our pitching, in my opinion,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “I have things that I feel I have to try to do, that I’m trying to do, but it is easier said than done.”
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