The Yankees received some extremely good news regarding their ace Masahiro Tanaka, as he threw 50 pitches at Yankee Stadium earlier today, and didn’t report any type of pain.
He has been on the 15-day DL with a partial UCL tear, and today was his first day throwing the ball since landing on the disabled list. While there are still many steps to be taken, this is one the Yankees are pleased to hear about.
Ultimately, the Yankees want Tanaka to return in September to help them finish out the final leg of a contentious AL East race. That will all come down to whether he can squeeze by without having to undergo Tommy John surgery. Only time will tell, as he will continue to pitch these next few weeks, and see how he feels.
Prior to going on the disabled list, the rookie compiled a 12-4 record and 2.51 ERA. To say that the Yankees feel empty without him in the pitching staff would be an understatement.