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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Masahiro Tanaka throws sim game

By on 9/09/2014 04:15:00 PM

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL in his elbow, threw a 44-pitch simulated game on Tuesday, reports Wallace Matthews of ESPN. The Yankees are hoping he can pitch in a game before the regular season is over.

Matthews clarified that the Yankees, at 73-68 and 5 games back in the AL Wild Card race, do not expect or hope Tanaka's return will lead to a miraculous run to the postseason. Rather, they want to know if he needs Tommy John surgery.
Prior to experiencing the elbow issue that put him on the DL July 9, the rookie had made 18 starts, going 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA (ERA+ 143) and 135 strikeouts in 129 innings.

Masahiro Tanaka

The Yankees acquired the Japanese ace by outbidding several other teams, signing him for seven years and $155 million on January 22, 2014. The Yankees also sent a $20 million posting fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, for whom he had gone 24-0 (in 28 starts) with an ERA of 1.27 in 2013 and was the unanimous choice for MVP. In Japan, Tanaka had a record-breaking career, and also pitched in the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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