Masahiro Tanaka RUMORS & NEWS

  • Masahiro Tanaka's ongoing splitter problems heighten the Yankees' need for rotation help

    CBS Sports "Masahiro Tanaka owes his teammates a thank you. After Tanaka put the New York Yankees in an early 4-1 hole Tuesday afternoon (GameTracker), his offense scored eight runs in a three-inning span against Zack Wheeler and the Metsto take him off the hook. To..." June 11

  • Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on paternity list; will miss Sunday's start

    Sporting News "The Yankees have placed Masahiro Tanaka on the paternity list, and he will miss Sunday's scheduled start against the Indians. The 30-year-old right-hander returned to New York on Thursday to be with his wife for the birth of their second child, a girl. MLB adopted the..." June 09

  • Masahiro Tanaka’s sinker isn’t actually sinking and that’s a problem

    New York Daily News "After struggling this season with his signature split-finger fastball, Masahiro Tanaka has a new problem: a distinctive lack of sink in his sinker. And for someone who throws splitters roughly a quarter of the time, he only threw that pitch four times over a 30-pitch first inning that..." May 29

  • Yankees' Masahio Tanaka unsure about next start after liner to shin

    The Score "The banged-up New York Yankees could have another player join the injury pile after Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was drilled in the lower body by a 111.3-mph line drive during the sixth inning and was forced to exit the game after..." May 19

  • Masahiro Tanaka pitches six shutout innings, leaves game with possible injury

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka pitched beautifully Saturday. The Yankees right-hander even made a near perfect, run-saving kick-save on a Yandy Diaz’s ground ball back up the middle to do a little bit of everything for the Bombers. But that was it for Tanaka. After taking the hard-hit ground..." May 18

  • Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Opening Day, but Yanks still considering who will follow

    New York Daily News "The Yankees have known who will be on the mound their first series against the Orioles. Masahiro Tanaka, who was scheduled to start Monday night’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves at Disney, will take the ball Opening Day followed by J.A. Happ and James Paxton. But who..." March 19

  • Yankees name Masahiro Tanaka Opening Day starter

    Pinstripe Alley "Earlier this afternoon, Aaron Boone confirmed rumors that Masahiro Tanaka would start on Opening Day for the Yankees. This marks the fourth occasion that the right-hander will pitch the first game of the season, having done so from 2015-2017. When Luis Severino went down with rotator..." March 09

  • Masahiro Tanaka may have a brand new pitch

    Pinstripe Alley "According to, Masahiro Tanaka’s repertoire can be classified into six pitches. We all know about his splitter, the best of its kind in the game. His slider is somewhat less recognized but equally effective, boasting a whiff rate of 15.6% in 2018. After that,..." March 07

  • Why Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka is set up for success in 2019

    SNY TV "Yankees GM Brian Cashman was never more prophetic than on Feb. 7, 2014. "We view him to be a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter," Cashman said on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on ESPN Radio that day. "If we get more than that, all the better...." February 07