Masahiro Tanaka RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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.

  • Tanaka feels 'relieved' after light throwing session "As expected, Masahiro Tanaka took the next step in his road to recovery Monday when he threw for the first time since getting injured July 8 in a start against Cleveland. Tanaka threw 25 pitches from 60 feet on flat ground in the outfield and said everything felt normal. The throwing session..." August 05

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Masahiro Tanaka has a small tear in his UCL. Will have PRP injection. Yankees hope he's back in six weeks.

  • Yankees looking, feeling doomed without ace Tanaka

    New York Post "One by one the Yankees walked into the clubhouse Wednesday at Progressive Field and heard the news Masahiro Tanaka was back in New York, getting an MRI exam on his aching right elbow. A room that is usually filled with chatter and laughter was unusually silent. To a man, the Yankees know..." July 10

  • Masahiro Tanaka flies back to New York for MRI on right arm

    Bombers Beat "Masahiro Tanaka is flying back to New York for an MRI on his right arm, according to the New York Post’s George A. King III. Tanaka had his worst start of the season last night against the Indians at Progressive Field, allowing five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss. In the..." July 09

  • Orioles stop Masahiro Tanaka for 8-0 win over Yankees in series finale Sunday

    Baltimore Sun "It may have started in gut-punching fashion, but the Orioles left the Bronx on Sunday night feeling like they had just accomplished something significant. Not only did they dominate in Sunday’s rubber match with an 8-0 blowout of the New York Yankees, but they beat pitching sensation Masahiro..." June 23

  • The Cubs are selling a folding chair Masahiro Tanaka sat in. Bidding is at $260 right now.

    Hardball Talk "YANKEES FAN 1: …Look! Ah! Oh! Oh! YANKEES FAN 2: He has given us a sign! CROWD: Oh! YANKEES FAN 1: He has given us… His chair! YANKEES FAN 2: The chair is the sign. Let us follow His example! YANKEES FAN 1: Let us, like Him, hold up one chair and let another be stacked against the..." May 31

  • Jeter raps 4 hits to back Tanaka in Yankees win

    New York Post "The old and the new combined to turn the White Sox blue Sunday. Derek Jeter, the retiring captain and longest tenured Yankee who was honored by the White Sox before the game, and Masahiro Tanaka, the rookie pitching sensation, carried the Yankees to a dominating, 7-1, win before a sold-out crowd..." May 26