New York Yankees’ fans need to stop lying; they all know that they check their Twitter feeds and favorite blogs everyday to find updates on the return of Masahiro Tanaka. Everyone who follows Major League Baseball takes a quick peek at a news outlet to find out how his throwing sessions are going and if there were any setbacks in his recovery.
Tanaka started the season at 12-4, with a 2.51 ERA and has been on the disabled list ever since with an injured elbow, and the possibility of surgery.
Tanaka threw from 90 feet earlier in the week, and reported no problems arose during the session. After the 50 throws, the Yankees determined that the next step in his rehab will be throwing from 120 feet. The Yankees are being very careful with Tanaka, someone they invested $22 million dollars a year in.
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The Yankees are making an effort to rehabilitate Tanaka slowly, in order to avoid Tommy John surgery. They do not expect him to be back before September.
Getting Tanaka back would be a huge plus for the Bombers’ playoff hopes. As of today, they sit seven games out of first place in the American League East, and three games out of the second AL wild card spot. It isn’t too late for them to make a run at the first place Baltimore Orioles, but the return of Tanaka would definitely help their chances.