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19 Masahiro Tanaka SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 11/1/1988 | Birthplace: Itami, Hyogo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 89/5 | Average Draft Position: 67.11
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Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to make return Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday against the Blue Jays, manager Joe Girardi told reporters Tuesday.

Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL, saw game action for the first time since July 8 Monday. Assuming he avoids any issues or setbacks in the intervening time, Tanaka is set to have a 70-to 75-pitch limit for the start.  


Yankees still hopeful Masahiro Tanaka returns


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Even though Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka didn't exactly dominate in an instructional league game Monday and hinted afterward that he may not be ready to face major-league hitters with the stuff he showed, pitching coach Larry Rothschild told Newsday that the 25-year-old could still start this weekend if he says he feels good Tuesday.

Tanaka, who is attempting to rehabilitate a partially torn UCL, allowed six hits while striking out four in five innings. His fastball topped out at 92 mph.


Masahiro Tanaka struggles to put away minor-leaguers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who is attempting to rehabilitate a partially torn UCL, technically pitched five scoreless innings in an instructional league game Monday, but according to LoHud.com, he didn't look good doing it.

Facing mostly teenagers, he allowed six hits, including several on hard-hit balls, and struck out four. His fastball topped out at 92 mph, giving him some doubt about whether he's ready to face major-leaguers.

"I don't know," he said. "It's hard to say."

Tanaka threw 65 pitches in all and, for his struggles, said he felt good. The Yankees had hoped he could return for this weekend's series at Toronto.


Masahiro Tanaka to throw instructional league game Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw an instructional league game Monday, MLB.com reports.

Tanaka felt good Wednesday after throwing 45 pitches in a simulated game one day earlier. He has continued to feel improvement in his injured elbow and could return to action late next week. Tanaka, who has been sidelined since July 8, is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA and 135:19 K:BB ratio in his first major-league season.


Masahiro Tanaka eyeing start in series late next week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka could return from the disabled list to pitch in the Sept. 19-21 series against visiting Toronto, per the New York Daily News.

Tanaka, who has been out for two months with an elbow injury, is set to throw Wednesday. If he emerges from that session feeling well, he will pitch a simulated or instructional league game Sunday. That would lead to one or two starts with the Yankees to conclude the regular season.


Masahiro Tanaka throws simulated game Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka completed three innings and threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"Definitely, I was throwing stronger, harder than in Detroit," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "[I was] a bit concerned just because of what happened in Detroit, but when I was throwing, it was completely different -- a different feel than what I was feeling in Detroit vs. today, so I think I'll be OK tomorrow."

Tanaka reported that he continues to feel improvement in his pitching elbow. The team will have him throw a bullpen session before getting him some more game action, either in another simulated game or in the instructional league. Manager Joe Girardi intends to have Tanaka make at least one start before the end of the season.


Masahiro Tanaka resumes bullpen work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka got back on a mound Saturday, throwing 34 pitches in a bullpen session as he continues to work his way back from an elbow injury.

"It went well," manager Joe Girardi told the Star-Ledger after watching the session. "So they'll sit down later this afternoon with the doctor and figure out what the next step is. Is it a simulated game? Is it a live (batting practice)? And go from there."

Tanaka is still hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery on the elbow, which has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He also hopes to make one start in the majors before the season ends, but at the very least he will need to throw at full intensity before the season ends in order to know if he will be able to avoid the surgery. It is possible he will throw in the Arizona Fall League, Girardi acknowledged. 


Masahiro Tanaka cleared to begin throwing program


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been cleared to begin a throwing program Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Tanaka was able to play catch Tuesday, and it was determined he could continue throwing. Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will throw a bullpen session soon. "He's scheduled to throw a bullpen [session] sometime this week and hopefully he's ready to do it," Girardi said. Tanaka posted a 2.51 ERA over 129 1/3 innings prior to injuring him elbow. 


Yankees announce trio of moves for 40-man roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Yankees made a few moves to clear up space on the 40-man roster Tuesday, in advance of a slew of other roster moves.

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, pushing his eligibility to return back another week. However, he is still not assured of a return before the end of the season, so this doesn't change much.

Pitcher Matt Daley was released and outfielder Zoilo Almonte was designated for assignment in addition. 


Masahiro Tanaka won't throw a bullpen for one week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will play catch but will not be able to throw a bullpen for a week, the Bergen Record reports. Tanaka was shut down after suffering a setback in his recovery from a partially torn UCL.

"He wants time to physically catch up...let's just see where we're at," manager Joe Girardi said, via the paper.

Masahiro Tanaka slowed down with "general soreness" in arm


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has suffered a setback in his recovery from a partially torn UCL, though there is currently no indication it is related to the ligament, the team announced Friday.

Tanaka, who has been throwing off a mound recently, will travel back to New York to continue strengthening his right arm. At this point, he does not have a visit with a doctor scheduled, as this issue is just considered general soreness in his right arm.


Masahiro Tanaka tossed 49 pitches in simulated game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was able to throw his splitter "worry-free" in a simulated game Thursday, reports MLB.com.

Tanaka, who is trying to work his way back from a partially torn UCL, threw 49 pitches and reported no issues Thursday. He felt "normal" but is still trying to find his command, though infielder Brendan Ryan thought he looked pretty close to ready after facing him during the session.

"He could get outs now on stuff alone," Ryan said.

Tanaka is still working on getting back to full strength, but he still needs to throw at least 75 pitches in a session before the team considers bringing him off the DL. At this point, it seems unlikely he will go on a rehab assignment in the minors. 


Masahiro Tanaka feels good after batting-practice session


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka feels good one day after throwing a 35-pitch batting-practice session Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Tanaka will throw a simulated game Thursday as he continues to progress through the steps of his rehab. The team is considering moving to a six-man rotation once Tanaka returns as a way to potentially protect his elbow moving forward.


Yankees consider six-man rotation when Masahiro Tanaka returns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) The Yankees could utilize a six-man rotation upon the return of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, per ESPN. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild indicated that arrangement could continue through 2015 as the team looks to protect Tanaka and his ailing elbow.

"We are going to look at every avenue possible," Rothschild said. "It doesn't mean we are going to do it."

Rothschild added that the Yankees could use a six-man rotation not just to protect Tanaka, but his other starters in the wake of the epidemic of arm problems in the major leagues.


Masahiro Tanaka set for live BP Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will take another step forward this weekend, as he is set to face hitters in a live batting practice session Saturday, manager Joe Girardi announced.

Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL, will face hitters for the first time since suffering the injury. He has been working in bullpen sessions in recent weeks as part of his rehab, and the next step will likely be determined after he gets through Saturday's session.

Tanaka has been out since early July due to the injury, but remains hopeful he will be able to return to action this season.  


Masahiro Tanaka gets through 35 pitch bullpen session


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was able to get through a 35 pitch bullpen session Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Tanaka said this bullpen session was "better" than his first one. He was able to throw four different pitches during the start, including his splitter. "It went well, but it was actually my first time throwing breaking balls – something other than fastballs – in the bullpen, so I felt it was a little bit rusty,” Tanaka said. The club still hopes Tanaka can pitch in the majors this season. 


Bullpen Session II Wednesday for Masahiro Tanaka


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Recovering Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is set to throw another bullpen session Wednesday. He threw 25 pitches in the first one on Saturday.

The team has not placed a timetable on his possible return to game action after sustaining an elbow injury. He has been out for six weeks.


Masahiro Tanaka plays catch Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) played catch Sunday after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

"He felt good," manager Joe Girardi said, per The Journal News. "He played catch (Sunday), so he’s scheduled for another bullpen next week. I’m not sure what day. Next bullpen he’ll start to spin some stuff. I’m not sure if he’ll throw a split. They talked about him spinning some curveballs. I’m not sure exactly if he’s going to throw a slider or what else he’s going to throw. We want him to spin some on some flat ground before he does it off a mound."


Masahiro Tanaka still hoping to pitch this season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is hoping to move on to throwing breaking balls in his next bullpen session, after getting through his first Saturday without issue.

"I think we're heading in the right direction, so I feel good about that," Tanaka told MLB.com through an interpreter.

Tanaka, working his way back from a partially torn UCL, threw 25 fastballs in the bullpen Saturday. He is looking forward to pitching in the majors this season, even if the team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by the time he is ready.

"I think it's important that we know that he's healthy, and I think the only way you're going to find out is if you get him in games," manager Joe Girardi said.


Masahiro Tanaka gets through first bullpen session


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka got through a low-intensity bullpen session without issue Saturday, a big step in his recovery from a partially torn UCL.

Tanaka threw 25 fastballs in the session, and reporters watching indicate he was not at full speed in his first time throwing off the mound. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the team wants to see how Tanaka's elbow reacts Sunday before determining his next step. 


Masahiro Tanaka set to throw off mound


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will throw off a mound for the first time in over a month Saturday, he told reporters Friday.

Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL, will throw a 25-pitch side session off a mound Saturday. He has been limited to long toss off flat ground in recent days. 


Masahiro Tanaka finally pain free


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was able to throw Wednesday with no pain, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Tanaka threw 10 pitches from flat ground, and did not have any issues with his elbow. It was also the hardest he's been able to throw since experiencing pain. Tanaka believes he can still return to pitch this season depending on whether he's able to stay on his current path. 


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.


Masahiro Tanaka continues throwing in outfield


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka continues to make progress in his recovery from a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, as he once again played catch Thursday.

Under the watchful eyes of team trainers, Tanaka threw from 60 and 90 feet in the outfield, according to MLB.com. He is expected to begin throwing from 120 feet in the coming days, and will join the team when it travels to Baltimore next week. He could then move on to bullpen sessions, with an eye on returning to the rotation in September.  


Masahiro Tanaka increases workout Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka doubled his workload Tuesday, making 50 throws from 60 feet while throwing with "increased intensity," the New York Times reports.

Tanaka felt fine with Tuesday's increased workout. He will take a scheduled day off Wednesday before resuming his workout Thursday.