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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Masahiro Tanaka feels no discomfort after bullpen session


By on 8/16/2014 05:30:00 PM

New York Yankees right hander Masahiro Tanaka reported no pain or discomfort in his elbow after throwing 25 fastballs off a bullpen mound Saturday morning at Tropicana Field. His next step is another session, this time with breaking balls, after a chance to rest, and chances look a little better that he will get to pitch again in 2014.




MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that Tanaka will try to return in time to pitch this September whether the Yankees are still in the race or not. If they are, then Tanaka will try to help his team make the postseason. If they are out of it, then he and the Yankees can at least gauge his progress in preparation for 2015. Either way, if his arm allows, the Yankees will benefit from having Tanaka on the mound as soon as possible. At least the team would have a better understanding of Tanaka's availability next spring.

Speaking through an interpreter, Tanaka discussed his progress so far and the value of pitching again before the season ends. Said Tanaka,
"I think we're heading in the right direction, so I feel good about that. I think it's important for the team to fight until the end of the season, so for me, if it would be possible, I'd like to contribute until the end of the season."
There is no word yet on when Tanaka will throw his next bullpen session, so manager Joe Girardi, obviously, cannot gauge a date for Tanaka's return. With the Minor League season ending in just over two weeks, Tanaka may not get an opportunity for a rehab assignment. If he does pitch in September, he will most likely do so in a Major League game.

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