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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Masahiro Tanaka to start Sunday

By on 9/16/2014 05:30:00 PM

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL, will start his first game since July 8 on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, per the team's Twitter account. Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will be limited to about 75 pitches.

With the Yankees out of contention for the postseason, the purpose of Tanaka's start is to see if the rest and rehab program was sufficient, or if he needs Tommy John surgery:
Masahiro Tanaka
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.

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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