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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%: 94/4 | Average Draft Position: 67.11
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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.


Masahiro Tanaka feels good after playing catch Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) made 25 tosses from 60 feet while playing catch Monday, per WFAN. Tanaka said he felt good and no pain in his injured elbow.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will play catch again Tuesday, but will increase the distance and intensity.


Masahiro Tanaka might play catch Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who has been sidelined since early July with an elbow injury, might play catch Monday, according to LoHud.com.

Masahiro Tanaka feeling 'better' nearing three-week mark of PRP injection


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is nearing the three-week mark from a platelet-rich plasma injection and is starting to feel "better and better," manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com on Monday.

Tanaka stayed in New York for treatment while the team traveled to Texas to start a road trip. Tanaka went on the DL on July 9 with right elbow inflammation and a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He's hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery. He posted a 2.51 ERA over 129 1/3 innings prior to the injury.

Masahiro Tanaka feeling less pain


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is starting to feel less pain in his elbow, general manager Brian Cashman said on ESPN Radio. 

"He’s improved, but he still feels it, although on a daily basis it decreases," Cashman said. "So that’s good, but it’s not good that he’s still feeling it at this stage. So it’s just day-by-day, week-by-week and we’ll adjust accordingly. It’s too early to call."

Tanaka went on the DL on July 9 with right elbow inflammation and a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He won't try to throw for two more weeks, manager Joe Girardi said.


Masahiro Tanaka still dealing with discomfort


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is still dealing with arm discomfort, according to MLB.com.

General manager Brian Cashman said "it's too early to call" regarding the team's plan to rest Tanaka. The alternative would be Tommy John surgery, but the team will wait to make that decision. Tanaka posted a 2.51 ERA over 129 1/3 innings prior to the injury.


Masahiro Tanaka hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka met with the media on Friday and told reporters he remains optimistic that a six-week rehab program will allow him to avoid Tommy John surgery, according to MLB.com.

After receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection earlier in the week, Tanaka will have to rest and wait for the pain to subside before he is cleared for a throwing program.

"All I can do is to believe them and go with the treatment and the rehab program that the team will be having for us," Tanaka said through an interpreter, via MLB.com.

Masahiro Tanaka receives PRP injection Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took the first step in his rehab Monday, receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection, the New York Post reports.

Tanaka will rest his injured elbow for an undetermined amount of time before beginning an exercise program. He'll attempt rest and rehab for his partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament.


Masahiro Tanaka to miss at least six weeks with partially torn UCL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) After visiting three different doctors, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, the New York Daily News reports.

Tanaka is expected to receive a PRP injection Monday and has been recommended throwing program. Although Tommy John surgery has not been ruled out, Cashman expects Tanaka to be back in six weeks, if the rehab program is effective.

"That's our hope. Obviously timeframes are subject to change," Cashman said.

What to do with Masahiro Tanaka?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/10/2014) If you own Masahiro Tanaka in Fantasy, your best bet is to hang on to him for now. If you try to trade him with all the uncertainty surrounding his elbow, you might get only pennies on the dollar.

Pennies don't win championships. A crumpled dollar might.

I've downgraded Tanaka in my rankings because, like everyone else, I'm scared. We've seen enough season-ending elbow injuries this year to know how suddenly they pop up, and the lack of information on Tanaka's so far is unsettling. But a panic move is never advised. To trade one of the most valuable players in Fantasy knowing he could end up missing just 2-4 weeks (or whatever), you'd still need something awfully good in return.

Tanaka now ranks 14th for me, meaning I'd still need a true ace to part with him. Cole Hamels is the last of what I'd consider the "true aces," coming in at 13th.

Obviously, that's subject to change as the situation develops, but if you can get one of my top 13 starting pitchers for Tanaka, you might want to unload the worry on someone else.


Masahiro Tanaka to be re-evaluated Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is expected to be re-evaluated by a doctor in Seattle on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on after an MRI revealed elbow inflammation on Wednesday.

Tanaka owned a 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 135:19 K:BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings before the injury. He does not have a concrete timetable  for recovery moving forward,


Masahiro Tanaka hits DL with elbow inflammation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation Wednesday, the team announced.

Tanaka had an MRI taken on the elbow, but the decision to put him on the DL was made before team doctors have seen it. He complained of soreness in the elbow following his start Tuesday, and will be evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad in the next few days. Until then, manager Joe Girardi told reporters he can't give many details.

"I'm not saying its a significant injury," he told the Wall Street Journal. "But there's soreness."