Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:54:26 -0700
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw exclusively fastballs during his bullpen session Saturday, Aug. 16. He hopes to resume throwing breaking pitches during his next session.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:09:30 -0700
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) looked "fine" during his 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Aug. 16, according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who added that it is "more important how he feels tomorrow."
Fantasy Tip: Tanaka could return to the rotation next month if he is able to avoid surgery.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:13:27 -0700
The New York Yankees are hoping SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will be able to make two or three starts in September.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:11:08 -0700
Updating a previous report, New York Yankess SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) said he will throw a 25-pitch session off a mound Saturday, Aug. 16. Tanaka has not thrown off a mound since his injury.
Fantasy Tip: Continue to check back for additional updates on Tanaka's progress. He might be able to help fantasy owners in the final weeks of the season.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:09:32 -0700
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw on flat ground Friday, Aug. 15, and reported no pain.
Fantasy Tip: There is still no timetable for a return, so this is better news for the Yankees than fantasy owners. Continue to hold Tanaka in the majority of formats.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:19:21 -0700
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw fastballs on flat ground Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the first time. He still thinks he has "a chance" to pitch in a game before the end of the year.
Fantasy Tip: That's great news for the Yankees. However, we're not sure exactly when Tanaka will be able to return. For those in single-year fantasy formats, he probably won't be able to offer you much for when he does return.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:42:44 -0700
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) made 50 tosses at a distance of 90 feet Monday, Aug. 11, in Baltimore, and he is said to be pain-free. "So far, so good," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not throwing pitches, but he's at 90 feet and he let it go a little bit today." Tanaka might increase his throwing distance to 120 feet as soon as Tuesday, Aug. 12. Tanaka is hopeful of returning in September, and wants to avoid surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:03:46 -0700
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) played catch Friday, Aug. 8. He threw 25 times from both 60- and 90-feet for a total of 50 tosses. Tanaka won't throw Saturday, Aug. 8, but will play catch again on Sunday, Aug. 10. The earliest he will return to the majors is September.
Fantasy Tip: Continue to stash Tanaka in all formats.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:07:52 -0700
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) played catch again from distances of 60 and 90 feet Thursday, Aug. 7, and he'll remain with the team through this part of his rehab. The team is hoping that Tanaka can avoid Tommy John surgery and return to the rotation in September. Tanaka will continue his throwing program next week, and he could increase his throwing distance to 120 feet, with bullpen sessions and minor league rehab games to follow that.
Fantasy Tip: Everything is looking good so far for Tanaka as he starts his throwing program. He'll be tested further when he begins to up the intensity of his throwing and when he jumps back on a mound. For now, continue stashing him on your roster in all leagues.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:33:53 -0700
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw again Tuesday, Aug. 5, and didn't appear to have any setbacks.
Fantasy Tip: Just another step in the process. Check back for more news on what Tanaka's next step will be.