Masahiro Tanaka RUMORS & NEWS

  • Yankees confirm Masahiro Tanaka will start AL wild card game

    New York Daily News "Joe Girardi confirmed the worst-kept secret in Yankeeland Sunday morning, officially announcing for the first time that Masahiro Tanaka will start the American League wild card game Tuesday. “He’s pitching,” Girardi said before the Yankees played the Orioles at Camden Yards in their final game..." October 05

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    Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

    Masahiro Tanaka will have no restrictions on Wednesday. This sets him up to pitch the Wild Card game on extra rest.

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    Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

    Masahiro Tanaka said the hamstring strain is "not completely gone," but he believes he can pitch with it.

  • Masahiro Tanaka’s next start may be closer than first thought

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka played catch before Thursday’s game in The Bronx and reported no problems as he recovers from the Grade 1 right hamstring strain he suffered Friday against the Mets at Citi Field. He was scheduled to see the team doctor Thursday before his next step is determined, but manager..." September 25

  • Will Tanaka get a start before a potential wild-card game?

    New York Post "The Yankees are confident Masahiro Tanaka’s next start won’t have to wait until the wild-card game or the opening tilt of the ALDS. “I am not worried about him, it’s just a matter of slotting him,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said of the staff ace, who is nursing a Grade 1 right hamstring..." September 24

  • Yankees have no specific date for Masahiro Tanaka's return from hamstring injury

    New York Daily News "The Yankees remain optimistic that ace Masahiro Tanaka will have to miss only one start because of his Grade 1 hamstring strain. Still, neither manager Joe Girardi nor GM Brian Cashman was ready to specify a date for Tanaka's rotation return. "Our thought is that it would be the next turn..." September 22

  • Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka will miss next start due to hamstring injury

    New York Daily News "The Yankees’ pitching staff has taken another hit, so to speak, from interleague play. Masahiro Tanaka suffered a Grade 1 sprain in his right hamstring running out a bunt on Friday night against the Mets, and the Yankees’ ace will be scratched from Wednesday’s scheduled start in Toronto, Joe..." September 21

  • Can Masahiro Tanaka be the ace the Yankees paid him to be?

    New York Post "The Yankees have blown sizeable leads in the AL East before and survived. Just three years ago, they went 10 games ahead of the Orioles by the middle of July, but saw that margin evaporate by early September. But one of the differences between the team that ultimately held on for the..." August 28

  • Masahiro Tanaka will start the second half for Yankees

    ESPN "If the first game after the All-Star break can be considered Opening Day II, then New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka has held onto his job through the first half of the 2015 season. Tanaka started the official opener back on April 6, taking the loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. Now,..." July 13

  • Does Tanaka mystery mean Yanks need to deal for ace?

    New York Post "Until the propeller heads find a way to attach more weight to one of 162 contests than others, all games count the same. A Thursday in April counts the same as a Tuesday in August. Yet, when it comes to feel, an emotion absent from the analytical fraternity, there are certain games dotting the..." July 03

  • Girardi hints he'll give Tanaka an extra day off

    ESPN New York "Joe Girardi strongly hinted the New York Yankees will give Masahiro Tanaka an extra day of rest so instead of starting on Saturday, he will now likely begin Sunday's Father's Day game against the Detroit Tigers. This is a smart move by the club because the only time Tanaka started on regular..." June 18

  • The question that hovers over Masahiro Tanaka’s latest return

    New York Post "For the second time in less than two seasons, Masahiro Tanaka is returning from an injury. Last year, a small tear in his right collateral ligament shelved the $175 million investment for almost 10 weeks before he made two starts in late September. This year, Tanaka has been on the disabled..." June 03

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    Mark Feinsand @FeinsandNYDN

    Tanaka is flying out west tonight. Girardi said that as long as he feels well, Tanaka will make a start in Seattle.

  • Masahiro Tanaka rocked in rehab start with mediocre fastball

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka looked healthy and felt “fine.” That was the good news. His performance, however, didn’t scream Major League-ready. The Yankees ace, out since April 23 with right forearm soreness and wrist tendinitis, was tagged for three earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking..." May 28

  • Why Masahiro Tanaka’s 2nd rehab start is critical for Yankees

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since April 23. If all goes well in Pawtucket, R.I. on Wednesday, that could change soon. The right-hander, who is rehabbing from right forearm soreness and wrist tendinitis, is expected to throw up to 65 pitches for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre..." May 27

  • Masahiro Tanaka pitches three shutout innings in Triple-A rehab start

    New York Daily News "The Yankees may have an ace up their sleeve just yet. Injured ace Masahiro Tanaka took another step in his quest to return to the starting rotation by pitching three scoreless innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday night against Durham at PNC Field. The 41-pitch effort was his..." May 22

  • Masahiro Tanaka set to make rehab start on Thursday

    ESPN New York "Masahiro Tanaka's road back to the New York Yankees' rotation will take him through Triple-A Scranton this Thursday when the Yankees' $175 million investment will make a rehab start, going three innings and/or 45 pitches. "I'm very much looking forward to it," said Tanaka, who is on the DL with..." May 20

  • After latest 'pen session, Tanaka nearing rehab "Masahiro Tanaka threw 29 pitches in the bullpen on Monday at Nationals Park and is awaiting instructions concerning an upcoming Minor League rehabilitation assignment, which could begin on Thursday. This marked the third bullpen session for Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list since April..." May 19

  • Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka throws 1st bullpen since going on DL

    ESPN New York "New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has thrown his first bullpen session since going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist. Tanaka still has no timetable for when he will return. Tanaka threw 30 pitches before Tuesday night's game..." May 12

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    Erik Boland @eboland11

    Tanaka threw on flat ground this afternoon. Slated to throw first bullpen of rehab tomorrow

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    Brendan Kuty @BrendanKutyNJ

    Tanaka's threw today. First time since DL. 50 throws, 60 feet. #Yankees

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman wonders if split-finger to blame for Masahiro Tanaka's injury

    Newark Star-Ledger "Masahiro Tanaka relies on his split-finger — widely considered the best in the world — more than any other pitch. So it couldn't have been a comfortable feeling for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to wonder if throwing too many good ones in his bullpen session Sunday caused the wrist..." April 29

  • Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka placed on 15-day disabled list with wrist tendinitis and mild forearm strain

    New York Daily News "Tanaka time is on hold indefinitely. The results of Masahiro Tanaka’s MRI Tuesday night weren’t the worst-case scenario for the Yankees and their ace, but the news will still leave the team without its ace for the immediate future. Tanaka will miss at least a month after being diagnosed with..." April 29

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    Jack Curry @JackCurryYES

    Tanaka's MRI showed a small forearm strain so he will be placed on the 15-day DL.

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    George A. King III @GeorgeAKingIII

    It is believed Tanaka went for tests on the right wrist area but Yankee officials didn't confirm or deny.

  • Masahiro Tanaka and his “new” velocity struggled again

    Hardball Talk "Lost in the Yankees rocking Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox’s bullpen for 14 runs Sunday night is that Masahiro Tanaka had another unimpressive start as he continues to keep pitching and avoid Tommy John elbow surgery. Tanaka completed five innings, which is three more outs than he got versus the..." April 13

  • 2 reasons why Joe Girardi is convinced Masahiro Tanaka’s OK

    New York Post "The questions surrounding Masahiro Tanaka’s health will continue at least until he pitches better than he did on Opening Day, manager Joe Girardi admitted on Wednesday. “I’ve seen the way he’s thrown his split,” Girardi said before the Yankees’ 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays. “I’ve seen him..." April 09

  • Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka clear the air

    ESPN New York "New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed -- sort of -- that the Yankees had spoken with right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to get a clarification on why he is throwing fewer four-seam fastballs this season. And while Girardi professed not to be concerned after Tanaka allowed five runs (four..." April 09

  • Blue Jays give damning Tanaka report: ‘More than hittable’

    New York Post "Toronto got the watered-down version of Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka that they expected, and roughed him up in a 6-1, Opening Day rout at the Stadium. Instead of the electric All-Star from last year, the Blue Jays faced a gas-less facsimile, one they said will have to make adjustments to get by..." April 07

  • Masahiro Tanaka says he’s ready for the season after final spring outing for the Yankees

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka’s workload this spring would tell you he’s not quite ready for Opening Day. The pitcher says otherwise. Tanaka made his fourth and final start of the spring, allowing three runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Twins on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium. The..." April 01

  • Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka new sinker is reason for dip in velocity

    New York Daily News "The numbers tell a big part of the story for Masahiro Tanaka this spring. With a 1.74 ERA, 12 strikeouts and one walk over 10.1 innings in his first three starts, it’s been a successful month for Tanaka, who is pitching with a small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right..." March 26

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    Daniel Barbarisi @DanBarbarisi

    So looks like Tanaka is the opening day starter barring something unforeseen.

  • Masahiro Tanaka to be named the Yankees Opening Day starter

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Joe Girardi admitted that, based on how the Yankees spring rotation has been set up, CC Sabathia would be on short rest for Opening Day, making him unlikely to start that day. Who is in line: Masahiro Tanaka. Sabathia has started the past six Opening Days for the Yankees. Before that..." March 25

  • Tanaka throws 2 perfect innings, tops 94 mph in spring debut

    The Score "Masahiro Tanaka's first spring start couldn't have gone any better. It was perfect. Tanaka didn't allow a baseunner through two innings of work against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, striking out two and inducing four groundballs on 19 pitches. He threw 15 strikes and his fastball sat in..." March 13

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    Marly~ESPN Deportes @MarlyRiveraESPN

    Source says Tanaka will probably start against Braves 3/12 here at George M. Steinbrenner Field; remains to be confirmed

  • Why Masahiro Tanaka isn't worried about the health of his elbow

    Yahoo! Sports "Generally speaking, it bodes poorly when a team’s success going into a season depends upon contingencies. And yet here stand the New York Yankees, who have a bunch of ifs to show for their $215 million. As in: If CC Sabathia’s chronically degenerative knee holds up … and if Michael Pineda can make..." March 03

  • Masahiro Tanaka throws at Yankees’ minor-league complex

    New York Daily News "This was just long-tossing on a cloudy day at the Yankees’ minor-league complex, but Masahiro Tanaka was drawing a crowd Tuesday nonetheless. Such is life when you are an expensive pitcher with a fragile elbow that could hold the key to the Yankees’ season. Two hours or so before Alex Rodriguez..." February 18

  • Masahiro Tanaka to begin Yankees spring training workouts on Tuesday

    New York Daily News "Let the scrutiny on Masahiro Tanaka’s fragile elbow continue. This time with a closer view, at least for the Yankees. The Yanks were expecting their Japanese ace to arrive at their spring training home Monday night and perhaps be at the minor-league complex Tuesday for a workout. Tanaka was a..." February 17

  • Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka says elbow feels good, per report

    Newark Star-Ledger "Masahiro Tanaka says his elbow feels just fine as the 26-year-old ace readies for spring training, according to a report from the Japan Times. Tanaka worked out with his old team, Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles, last week and reported no pain his the elbow, the report said. The elbow has a..." January 28

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    Daniel Barbarisi @DanBarbarisi

    Girardi says Tanaka was "all smiles today," showed no ill effects from his last start. On track for saturday.

  • Masahiro Tanaka expected to start Sunday vs. Blue Jays

    New York Post "When Masahiro Tanaka takes the Yankee Stadium mound on Sunday, it will mark the start of 2015 for the Yankees. Out since July 8 due to a small tear in the right UCL, Tanaka will start against the Blue Jays — if a bullpen session either Wednesday or Thursday doesn’t produce a physical problem..." September 17

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    Mark Feinsand @FeinsandNYDN

    Girardi says it's "very possible" that Tanaka's next outing could be for the Yankees.

  • Rehab game on Monday for Tanaka

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to pitch a rehab game Monday in Tampa after coming out of Tuesday’s bullpen session feeling fine. The Yankees and the right-hander are trying to figure out whether Tanaka needs Tommy John surgery before the end of the season, and still hope to get him on a major..." September 11

  • Masahiro Tanaka feels good, Yankees plan to have him pitch in 1 or 2 games before season’s over

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka’s setback turned out to be nothing more than a speed bump. For now, anyway. Tanaka threw 45 pitches over three innings of a simulated game on Tuesday, reporting none of the general arm soreness that shut him down for nearly two weeks following his last simulated game on August..." September 10

  • Tanaka cleared to resume throwing program

    ESPN New York "Masahiro Tanaka once again has been cleared by the New York Yankees' team doctor to rev up his throwing program in an effort to return this season from the slightly torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Tanaka, out for nearly two months, played catch Tuesday and reported no problems, according..." September 02

  • Masahiro Tanaka takes big step toward September return

    USA Today "The New York Yankees are optimistic that ace Masahiro Tanaka can return to help them in the pennant race in September after watching his performance Thursday morning in his first big test. Tanaka used all of his pitches without any signs of discomfort in a 49-pitch simulated game. He has been..." August 28

  • Masahiro Tanaka ‘absolutely’ thinks elbow injury is behind him

    New York Post "All that remains in the mind of Masahiro Tanaka is rebuilding arm strength. If it were up to Tanaka, the Yankees would stamp “Healed” on his forehead and just count the days until he pitches again. Fortunately, such decisions are not up to the individual. Tanaka, who last pitched July 8,..." August 21

  • Masahiro Tanaka feels no pain after Yankees ace throws from 90 feet

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka isn’t close to rejoining Michael Pineda in the rotation, but the Yankees’ ace continues to make progress in his throwing program as he tries to rehab the partially torn ligament in his right elbow. Tanaka made 50 throws at 90 feet on Monday, reporting no problems. He will extend..." August 13

  • Tanaka continues rehab by throwing in outfield "Masahiro Tanaka played catch again on Thursday at Yankee Stadium, tossing in the outfield at distances of 60 and 90 feet. The right-hander, who is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery by rehabbing a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, will stay with the team through this part of his rehab...." August 07

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    Daniel Barbarisi @DanBarbarisi

    Tanaka made 50 throws today at higher intensity than monday, still felt good. Progress continues.