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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: 1 | Owned/Started%: 89/24 | Average Draft Position: 50.12
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Giradi: Yankees' Tanaka to make spring debut late next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka should make his spring debut sometime late next week, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Yankees are being cautious with Tanaka after he dealt with an elbow injury last season.

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka throws live BP session Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw his first live batting practice session Monday morning and showed no signs of struggle or discomfort, The Journal News reports.

He missed significant time in 2014 due to a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament but was able to make two starts in September. He finished the season with a 13-5 record, 2.77 ERA and 141:21 K:BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings.

"As for the first time, I think it went well," Tanaka said through an interpreter, per the Associated Press. "I tried not to go too hard today. The reason is, it's natural once you get on the mound and once you're facing batters you want to go hard. That's what I was thinking on the mound.

"I understand that everybody's worried about the elbow and I understand too that I have to be cautious about it as well, but so far it's been good."


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka felt he threw with 'more force' Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw 40 pitches during a bullpen session Thursday and received rave reviews from pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

“He threw great,” Rothschild said, per The Journal News. “Everything is progressing the way we like, so we’ll just keep going. … No (restrictions). We’re just bringing him along at a pace that he’s more accustomed to. A little different schedule as far as not trying to put a lot of pitches on him in a three- or four-day period, but still get him built up and get the stamina built up. That’s pretty much what we’re doing.”

Tanaka said he felt more arm strength Thursday than in his previous bullpen sessions, and he also felt he was throwing the ball harder.

“I think I was throwing with more force than the last bullpen,” Tanaka said. “As far as hitting the spots, the location goes, I think it was better than the last bullpen as well. … I feel that I’m on the right track. Going through the workouts and going through the bullpen today also, it does give me confidence that I’m moving in the right direction.”


Yankees' Cashman not wasting time worrying over Tanaka's elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was in the vicinity Sunday of starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's bullpen session, per New York Daily News.

However, Cashman wasn't there to watch Tanaka, who sustained a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months in 2014. 

“I’m not going to waste my time worrying about something I can’t control,” Cashman said. “I was watching the new guy we got, (Chris) Martin. If Tanaka’s healthy he’s going to be successful, I know that. If not, it will declare itself over time and we’ll deal with it.”


Yankees' Girardi: Masahiro Tanaka won't be restricted this spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters Friday that starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who completed his first bullpen session of the spring on Thursday, is essentially on the same throwing program that he was on last spring. He will have no restrictions in terms of throwing, according to the New York Daily News. He is scheduled to throw his second session on Sunday. 

Tanaka sustained a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months in 2014. He made two September starts near the end of the season.

Tanaka told reporters his elbow "has healed" and is "confident" he'll make it through the season. Tanaka finished his 2014 season 13-5 with an ERA of 2.77.


Yankees P Masahiro Tanaka throws bullpen session Thursday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) As expected, Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw his first bullpen session of the spring training season on Thursday, according to NJ.com.

Tanaka threw 21 pitches but didn't appear to be going a full 100 percent, which is common for any pitcher this time of the year. He also reportedly didn't appear to experience any pain during the session.

Tanaka sustained a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months in 2014. He made two September starts near the end of the season.

Tanaka finished his 2014 season 13-5 with an ERA of 2.77.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka expected to throw 'pen session Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is expected to throw his first bullpen session this spring Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last year while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow before returning for two September starts.

Tanaka threw for 34 minutes on level ground Tuesday.

“Just pretty much what I expected to see,” Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Wednesday. “No problems. Right now everything is where it should be.

“We’ll bring him along as his arm will dictate. I’m not going to push it. As things crop up, if we need to deal with them we will. Right now, I’m just looking at him as a guy that we’re going to bring along according to how his arm will allow us. I’m approaching it that he’s a healthy pitcher that we just need to be aware of what the history is there.”


Rothschild: Yankees pondering using a sixth starter in April and May


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Wednesday the team is considering using a sixth starter at times in April and May to help reduce a potential early strain on their rotation, per MLB.com. The Yankees have a stretch of 30 games in 31 days beginning April 17.

"It's a result of some of the stuff that's gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere," Rothschild said. "We're aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren't going to be able to throw a lot, we're going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can."

CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Capuano are expected to make up the team's five-man rotation. However, Tanaka, Sabathia and Pineda were all injured last season, as the Yankees used 13 starting pitchers.

Bryan MitchellEsmil RogersAdam Warren and Chase Whitley are some of the other pitchers that will be stretched out this spring.

"It'd be nice to go through a season with five starters, but there's a good chance we're not going to," Rothschild said. "There's a good chance every team in baseball won't, so it doesn't hurt to see who might fit in as a sixth starter."


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka turns in first workout of spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw for 34 minutes on level ground -- part of his first workout of the spring on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. Tanaka threw at up to about 200 feet and ended his session with 16 ground-level pitches at 60 feet.

"He looked good," teammate Ivan Nova said. "I'm sure he worked really hard. The way he handled it, unbelievable."

The right-hander sat out the final 2 1/2 months during his first season in pinstripes because of partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He avoided Tommy John surgery and appeared in two late-September starts. He went 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 141:21 K:BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings in 2014.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka set to begin spring workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was scheduled to arrive in Florida Monday night from Japan to begin spring workouts, the Associated Press reports.

Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months during his rookie season while recovering from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The pitcher chose to rehab the injury rather than undergo Tommy John surgery.

"So far everything is good," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Monday. "That doesn't mean it will be going forward, but we're going to do everything we can. We'll put schedules together and things like that to try to keep him healthy."

The Yankees say Tanaka has been throwing in Japan as part of his normal conditioning program, per the report. Tanaka went 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 141:21 K:BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings during his first major-league season in 2014. He posted quality starts in his first 16 outings before giving up four earned runs or more in three of his last four starts. His only start during that stretch with fewer than four runs came in his return from the lengthy absence, when he allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings.


Yanks' Rothschild on Tanaka: 'Until we know different, he's healthy'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka told reporters in January his elbow felt great after missing a few months last season due to a slightly torn elbow ligament. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild indicated he has received positive update on Tanaka's status, but added he won't know how the right-handed pitcher is “until I see him.”

“Until we know different, he’s healthy,” Rothschild said of Tanaka, per the New York Post. “I’ve communicated with him. He’s followed what we set up. So far, he’s felt good.

“He had a good winter. He’s been following the program throwing. I don’t think he’s overdone it throwing-wise, but he’s pretty much on program.”

Rothschild said the team will have to figure out a plan for Tanaka this spring to make sure he is ready for the start of the season.

“We’ve got to manage a few guys in spring training and try to get them through healthy, and he’s one of them,” Rothschild said. “We’ll go a lot by how he’s feeling in between [outings] and make sure he gets a rest. He’s got to get built up to be ready to pitch.”


Masahiro Tanaka says his elbow feels good


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka told the Japan Times that his elbow feels fine as he prepares for spring training, per The Star-Ledger. Tanaka has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that could eventually require Tommy John surgery.

Tanaka missed more than two months last season due to the injury. After the layoff, he was able to make two starts toward the end of the season and finished 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA.

"So far, so good -- including that [elbow]," Tanaka said.

The Yankees signed Tanaka last offseason to a seven-year, $155 million contract.


Masahiro Tanaka chased in second inning of final start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had a rough final start in Saturday's loss, giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 10-4 defeat against the Red Sox.

Tanaka (13-5) did a fine job in his first start back from the disabled list Sunday but endured his worst outing of the season Saturday, with the Red Sox putting a run on the board in the first inning before extending the lead to 9-0 by the time the second came to a close. Tanaka threw just 50 pitches in the loss before being removed. He ends his first major-league season with a 2.77 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 141:21 K:BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings over 20 starts.


Masahiro Tanaka: 'No fear' about elbow


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said Friday that he has "no fear" regarding the partially torn UCL in his elbow that sidelined him for more than two months, The Star-Ledger reports.

Despite being unworried about the injured elbow, Tanaka remains curious about how his elbow and body responds to his second start off the disabled list Saturday. "You can't really tell by just one game," Tanaka said. "I do really want to go out there again and check to see how my body, my arm is. So that's kind of the main thing that I'm looking for."

Tanaka is expected to throw about 85 pitches in Saturday's start. He surrendered one earned run in 5 1/3 innings Sunday while throwing 70 pitches.


Masahiro Tanaka gets good reviews


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he felt no pain in his right elbow after making his first start in more than three months Sunday against Toronto.

"Obviously, I'm very relieved," Tanaka said through a translator. "I don't exactly remember when, but gradually, as the game went on, I guess I stopped thinking about it."

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was pleased as well, according to MLB.com.

"His warmups were really good. The sim games, the last one, the warmups were OK. Today there was a difference and you could see it right away in the force with which he threw the ball and the quickness to his arm, all of the things that you saw before he went on the DL. Warming up today, you could see it."

Tanaka will make another start Saturday at Boston to give the Yankees an even better indication if he can avoid surgery to repair the partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

"It's possible that he can get through this for quite a while. It's possible that it comes up and bites him, and that's it," Rothschild said. "We're hopeful that's it's the earlier scenario and that he's going to be fine and have a nice, long career with no problems."


Masahiro Tanaka effective in long-awaited return


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Making his first start in 10 weeks, Masahiro Tanaka showed few signs of his long layoff in getting credited with the win in the Yankees' 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday. It was Tanaka's first start since July 8, as he had been recovering from a partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

Tanaka pitched 5 1/3 innings, as he was limited to 70 pitches, allowing one run on five hits and no walks. He got four strikeouts in the game, which raised his record to 13-4 and lowered his ERA to 2.47.

Assuming Tanaka emerges healthy from this outing, he will start against the Red Sox next weekend for his final appearance of the season.


Masahiro Tanaka back from DL stint


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Masahiro Tanaka was activated from the 15-day disabled list in order to start Sunday's game for the Yankees against the Blue Jays. He has been out for more than two months with a partially torn UCL.

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.