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19 Masahiro Tanaka SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 11/1/1988 | Birthplace: Itami, Hyogo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 96/4 | Average Draft Position: 52.10
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Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka to pitch at Triple-A again Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:27 pm ET) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will make his next rehab start Wednesday against Triple-A Pawtucket. He is scheduled to throw 65 pitches.

Tanaka made his first rehab start Thursday. He threw 41 pitches, including 25 strikeouts. His fastball sat in the low 90s, according to The Star-Ledger.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) makes 41-pitch rehab start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka made his first rehab start on Thursday. Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list with a forearm strain and wrist tendinitis since April 29, pitched three shutout innings for Triple-A Scranton. He allowed just two hits, struck out two and did not issue a walk. Of his 41 pitches, 25 went for strikes.

His fastball lived around 91-92 mph, according to the Star-Ledger. Tanaka will now head back to New York, though the team has not revealed any future next steps or an updated timetable for his return to the rotation. He will likely need at least one more rehab start, though that has not been confirmed.

“I was looking to obviously pitch all my pitches with force and I think I was able to do that tonight,” Tanaka said afterward through an interpreter, the New York Daily News reports.

“I feel pretty confident about all the pitches,” Tanaka said when asked if they were major-league quality.


Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to make rehab start Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will make his first rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, according to The Journal News. He is expected to throw 45 pitches in his appearance.

"It is a decision that we'll make after each start," manager Joe Girardi said to ESPN. "I'm not going to put a number on it. Let's see how he does with the 45 and decide after that."

Tanaka, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a forearm injury, was able to throw a bullpen session on Monday. He is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 1/3 innings of work this season. 


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka throws 29-pitch bullpen Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw a 29-pitch bullpen session on Monday at Nationals Park, the team announced.

Tanaka could head out on a rehab assignment Thursday if he hasn't suffered a setback. He's on the disabled list with wrist tendinitis and a strained forearm. Tanaka is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 24:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings across four starts.


Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka could pitch in rehab game Thursday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (wrist) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Monday and could pitch in a Triple-A rehab game on Thursday, reports MLB.com. 

Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 29 with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain.

Tanaka threw a bullpen session Friday and reported no issues or setbacks.


Yanks SP Masahiro Tanaka throws bullpen, next step not known yet


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) said he was pleased and had no issues with the bullpen session he threw on Friday, reports NJ.com.

"I'm pretty satisfied with today's session," Tanaka said after throwing 35 pitches while with the team in Kansas City.

Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 29 with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain.

The next step for the right hander has not been determined.

"Not trying to look too far ahead," Tanaka added.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka to throw bullpen Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will throw his next bullpen session Friday, MLB.com reports.

Tanaka was able to complete a 30-pitch bullpen session without issue Tuesday, his first action since being placed on the disabled list with a forearm strain. He's 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 24:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings across four starts.

"Obviously we want to see how he feels physically and have a chance to talk to him," manager Joe Girardi said. "We've got to make a decision. It's not urgent that we make it today or tomorrow, but we'll probably have him throw a side tomorrow and have him be on line depending on what we do."


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka completes bullpen session Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, WFAN reports.

"Happy about it," he said through a translator, per ESPN.com. "Threw everything. Didn't feel anything."

It was Tanaka's first time on the mound since being placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and wrist tendinitis two weeks ago. He owns a 3.22 ERA and 24:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings across four starts. Tanaka remains without a timetable for return.


Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) to throw bullpen session


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) will increase his rehab workouts and throw his first bullpen session Tuesday since going on the disabled list April 29, reports NJ.com. 

Tanaka threw in the outfield Monday with pitching coach Larry Rothschild at Tropicana Field, where the Yankees are to begin a four-game series with the Rays.

"I'm encouraged," manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com. "They said that playing catch has looked really good, and I know it's playing catch, but when you get 120 feet away, you have to air it out and you have to use your arm strength. And that has been good so far, so I'm excited about his bullpen tomorrow."

Tanaka was scratched from his April 28 start and was put on the DL after tests revealed a Grade 1 strain of his right forearm and tendinitis of the right wrist.

"Let's see what happens tomorrow and how he feels Wednesday before we put a [return] date on him," Girardi said Monday.

In four starts this season, Tanaka is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka throws from 90 feet, no issues


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw from 90 feet on Sunday. 

Tanaka is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. He made 50 throws and said that he felt fine, per the YES Network.

"He's reacted well to everything so far," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said to the New York Post. "As long as nothing bothers him after he gets throwing or the next day, it’s a good step."

Tanaka will throw again on Monday. 


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka makes 50 throws from flat ground


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka made 50 throws from flat ground Friday, per ESPN. Half of them came from 60 feet and the other half from 90 feet.

All the reports on Tanaka's strained forearm were positive.


Yankees SP Tanaka (forearm) throws for first time since injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, made 50 throws from 60 feet on Thursday. It was the first time the right-hander has thrown since landing on the DL, according to the Star-Ledger

“He’ll throw again tomorrow and then we’ll just continue to progress to where we stretch it out, it becomes long toss, then it becomes flat ground and then it becomes a bullpen,” manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com.

The Yankees are confident that Tanaka will be able to return once his DL stint is up, but he will need to make some rehab starts, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

“It would be great to get Tanaka back in the timetable they talked about earlier,” Girardi said. “Then it just gives us a lot more depth, which I think is important over the course of a long season.”


Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka unhappy with DL stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Yankees are not concerned that ace Masahiro Tanaka is going down the same path as last year, which was cut short in July due to an elbow injury.

His latest MRI looks as good or better than the one taken a year ago, a source has told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. And since there is little concern about his forearm, Tanaka was unhappy about being placed on the disabled list with that issue. He figured his also-ailing wrist would quickly heal and he would miss just one start.

Tanaka was off to a solid start and been improving as the early part of the season has progressed. He surrendered just one run in 13 1/3 innings with 14 strikeouts over his last two outings.


Yankees' Girardi: 'Let's keep our fingers crossed' on Tanaka


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's current injury does not represent a precursor to Tommy John surgery, per MLB.com. However, he did acknowledge the possibility of losing his starter for en extended period of time with an UCL injury.

Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist. He will be shut down from throwing seven to 10 days and could be sidelined for at least one month.

"Any time you have to shut a pitcher down, there's concern," Girardi said. "With what happened last year, I can't tell you if they're related or not, but you're going to think about it. You're going to think about a lot of different scenarios. Let's just keep our fingers crossed and hope it's not much, but we'll deal with it either way."


Yankees recall Gregorio Petit as Masahiro Tanaka goes on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain, the team announced.

To take his spot on the roster, the Yankees recalled infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) headed to 15-day DL


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his right forearm and tendinitis of the right wrist, according to the New York Daily News.

Tanaka underwent an MRI Tuesday which revealed the injury.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman estimated that, on the conservative side, it would be a month before Tanaka returned to the team, per the New York Times.

ESPN Deportes reports that Tanaka will be shut down for close to 10 days.

The right hander was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Rays but was reportedly skipped for rest purposes.

Tanaka missed two and a half months last season with a partially torn UCL in his elbow, although Cashman said the MRI showed no change in the status of that injury.


Report: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka undergoes tests on wrist


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka underwent tests Tuesday on his right wrist area, sources tell the New York Post.

Tanaka was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Rays but was reportedly skipped for rest purposes and is slated to go Wednesday.

Yankees going with Chase Whitley on Tuesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said pitcher Chase Whitley start this Tuesday against the Rays, according to the Wall Street Journal

Whitley will make a spot start on the day Masahiro Tanaka was initially projected to go. Tanaka will receive an extra day of rest and start Wednesday instead. 


Yankees ace Tanaka performs well again in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) If only Masahiro Tanaka could have lasted just two-thirds of an inning longer.

The Yankees ace couldn't quite hang around long enough to earn his third straight win Thursday, but he did pitch well enough against the hard-hitting Tigers to allow his team to emerge with a victory.

Tanaka was removed with one out in the seventh having given up one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He was taken out after a double and walk. The Yankees then took the lead in the eighth.

"When he's hitting the mitt, he's really hard to hit. He had everything going," catcher Brian McCann said after the game, per MLB.com. "He had the cutter going, the sinker in, he had the split, obviously -- I feel like it's always there. He got a lot of early count outs, which I think is a big deal for him to pitch deep into ballgames."

Tanaka's numbers, however, continue to shine. He owns a 3.22 ERA, but has allowed just one run in his last 14 1/3 innings with 14 strikeouts. Tanaka will shoot again for his third victory Tuesday against Tampa Bay.


Yankees concerned with Masahiro Tanaka's grip in wintry conditions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters he's a bit concerned with Masahiro Tanaka's grip and releasing the baseball come Thursday against the Tigers. The projected game-time temperature in Detroit is 43 degrees, per the Journal News.

"I don't worry so much about his elbow as I worry about his grip on the baseball when it's this cold," Girardi said. "I think it can be very slippery on days like today, and I think around game time it's going to be 43 (degrees), so we'll just have to see how it goes. ... You just try to keep your hands warm and rub up the baseball as much as you can to try to get some heat in the ball. That's the best idea I have."

Tanaka, who is coming off a partially torn ligament in his elbow last season, has allowed nine runs -- seven earned -- on 11 hits and five walks while striking out 18 innings over three starts (16 innings). He holds a 3.94 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over that span.


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will start Thursday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) After mulling when to start pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has decided to start Tanaka during Thursday's series finale at Detroit, reports MLB.com.

Thursday's game will Tanaka's first game starting on four days rest this season. He threw only 85 pitches during his last outing, which Girardi said allowed them to start him on short rest.

"He's going to have to pitch on his normal rest eventually," Girardi said, "so we just felt that because of the amount of pitches that he threw and how he looked, it's probably a good thing to do."


Masahiro Tanaka's next start up in the air for Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't sure when Masahiro Tanaka's next start will be. 

The possibility of rain on Monday is causing the uncertainty. Girardi said that Tanaka could start Thursday or Friday, depending on whether Monday's game is played as scheduled, per MLB.com.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka throws seven-dominant innings for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) allowed two hits, no walks and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings Saturday to defeat the Rays.

Tanaka retired 15 straight batters at one point. It was the best performance so far this season for a Yankees starter.

"I'm just trying to go out there and basically try to do the best, like I always do," Tanaka said through an interpreter to MLB.com. "You make those adjustments between starts, and I think I was able to adjust well and get good results today."

Tanaka threw just 85 pitches, 58 for strikes, in the win.

"I thought he had all his pitches tonight, which was the big difference," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He located his fastball, he elevated it as well, he used his curveball, his slider and his split really effectively, and that's the difference. When you have all your weapons, you usually are going to go deeper into the game."

Tanaka's next start is scheduled for Thursday in Detroit.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: I'm still working to build arm strength


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming off a partially torn ligament in his elbow last season, told reporters he's still trying to build arm strength, per the New York Daily News.

"I'm trying to get there," Tanaka said through his translator. "Still working on it. Just trying to build that strength and get to where I want to be."

Tanaka's four-seam fastball mph average has dipped from 93.45 last April to 91.32 this month, while his sinker plummeted from 91.95 to 90.83, according to Brooks Baseball.

"We really haven't seen a start where he's had everything like we saw last year," manager Joe Girardi said, per the Journal News. "I think when you see him have his fastball, slider, split, I think you'll have a better idea exactly where he's at."

Tanaka is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA over his first two starts (nine innings). No Yankee starter has allowed more runs (seven runs) this season. He will make his third start of the season Saturday against the Rays.

"It's not necessarily hard on me," Tanaka said. "But you always have the ups and downs when you go through a season. What matters the most is how you go about your business when things are not going your way. Right now might not be the best time for me, but I’m trying to make that better."


Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka picks up first win Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on four hits in New York's 14-4 blowout win over the Red Sox Sunday.

Tanaka labored a bit through his five innings of work. He ran into trouble in the fourth when he walked two hitters and surrendered three runs. He needed 40 pitches to get out of the inning. Tanaka also surrendered a solo home run to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth before being replaced in the sixth.

"It was opposite," Girardi said to NJ.com. "So the next step is we put them both together and we'll have Tanaka."

Tanaka, who also had four strikeouts in the start, picked up his first win of the season and worked his ERA down to 7.00. Tanaka was mostly concerned with his off-speed pitches Sunday.

"Especially for the splitters," Tanaka said post-game through his translator, Shingo Horie. "I don't think there was much good movement on it tonight. Couldn't get them to swing."

He will look to keep rolling Saturday against the Rays.