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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka to be on pitch count

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:36:01 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will be on a pitch count for the season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. The limit is believed to be 90 pitches.

Fantasy Tip: The restriction doesn't limit him a whole lot. He'll just have to be efficient to be able to pitch more than five or six innings in order to put up a banner game on FantasyScore. At $7,400 (14.8% of your cap), he loses a bit of upside but remains a low-end SP1.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka to start opener

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:58:16 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will be the Opening Day starter, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka will have the cloud of doubt lingering over him the first couple of months with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that could give way at any point. Tanaka ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) has been brilliant this spring with a 1.74 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. He'll have a tough matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays, but his price point is decent for a top-flight starter on FantasyScore.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka pegged for opening day?

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:47:43 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka appears set to be the opening day starter Monday, April 6, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka ($7,400, $14.8% of cap) will receive the first crack at the new-look Toronto lineup, but he likely isn't the safest option for daily contests. He has high-end upside, though, and utilizing him for single starts under the microscope of FantasyScore contests is a lot more comforting than a mid-round investment in seasonal formats. Remember, Tanaka is planning to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka pitching again Wednesday

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:13:21 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will make his second spring appearance Wednesday, March 18.

Fantasy Tip: You should feel a lot safer selecting Tanaka in the late rounds than the middle ones. He plans to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and could require Tommy John surgery at any point. Still, he has fantasy-ace upside. Make sure to insulate him with excellent pitching depth, if you take the reach. And there may come a point in every draft where the reward outweighs the risk.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka with two perfect innings

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:00:26 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) looked good while tossing two perfect innings in his spring debut against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, March 12. Tanaka threw 15 of his 19 pitches for strikes in the outing. He reached 94 mph on the radar gun.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka hasn't had any setbacks so far this spring while pitching with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. That's the good news. Expecting him to stay healthy for all of 2015 might be a stretch, though, and he's a huge risk in fantasy drafts in the middle rounds. A late-round selection could return some value, but make sure to draft pitching insurance in case he needs Tommy John surgery.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka set to debut Thursday

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:29:37 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to make his first start of the spring Thursday, March 12. With Tanaka passing all hurdles without any setbacks this spring the Yankees are confident in his health, and he is expected to throw three innings Thursday.

Fantasy Tip: Selecting a pitcher with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow during the middle rounds shouldn't give you the warm fuzzies. Still, at some point in drafts, the upside will outweigh the risk. It would be ill-advised to select Tanaka and expect an injury-free 2015 season, so insulate him with strong pitching depth, if the calculated risk makes sense for your team.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka throws simulated game

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 11:32:07 -0800

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a two-inning simulated game Saturday, March 7. He threw 23 of his 29 pitches for strikes, allowing one hit and striking out one. "I think everything was where it should be," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "He's had no problems. He's using all his pitches. It was a good day of work."

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka, who could make his Grapefruit League debut next week, has tweaked his mechanics in an attempt to continue pitching and avoid Tommy John surgery. Regardless of how well he pitches, he could fall to the middle rounds of mixed fantasy league drafts, given the high injury risk. Any owner who decides to draft Tanaka should make sure to draft plenty of additional pitching depth.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka throws

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:37:16 -0800

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday, March 4, and he reported no issues with his right elbow. Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will throw a simulated game next week in preparation for his first spring start, which probably won't come before mid-March.

Fantasy Tip: So far, so good this spring for Tanaka as he continues to try to avoid Tommy John surgery for a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He alluded that he will tweak his mechanics this year in an attempt to avoid surgery, too, so that could be another positive for those brave enough to take the leap on him in the middle rounds of fantasy baseball drafts. Make sure you surround yourself with pitching insurance around him if he's on your roster.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka tweaking mechanics

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:20:59 -0800

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) tweaked his pitching mechanics, something he thinks contributed to his elbow injury in 2014. "I don't think they were solid," Tanaka said. "With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you're able to throw a solid pitch. It's not about how much power you can put on the throw. It's more about the mechanics. That's what I believe." Most of the mechanical adjustments for Tanaka involve making sure his arm is in sync with the rest of his delivery.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka, at 26 years old, remains young enough to possibly hold off on Tommy John surgery if he makes a conscious effort to take it easy this spring while at the same time tweaking his mechanics. Still, the threat of a TJS procedure sometime in the regular season remains very real, making Tanaka a bust candidate.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka faces hitters

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:50:12 -0800

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) faced hitters for the first time this spring Monday, March 2, and he thinks it went well. Tanaka went 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA in 20 starts last year for the Yanks. "My body's perfectly fine. I understand everybody's worried about the elbow and I understand too that I have to be cautious about it, as well, but so far it's been good," Tanaka said. He'll next throw another bullpen or simulated game.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka could be very tough to trust on your fantasy baseball roster in 2015 as he tries to avoid Tommy John elbow reconstruction. So far Tanaka's results have been good, but it's still early. If you choose to roster him this year, make sure you have plenty of rotation insurance in case he has a setback and needs surgery during the year.

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