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Masahiro Tanaka will throw a 25-pitch bullpen on Saturday

Aug 15, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled for a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday at Tropicana Field, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Tanaka hasn’t pitched since July 8 due to a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. All 25 pitches will be fastballs.

If Tanaka’s road to recovery goes according to plan, the Yankees may be able to get the right-hander back some time in mid- or late-September. At the time he went on the disabled list, Tanaka was in the running for the American League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards with a 2.51 ERA and a 135/19 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings over 18 starts.

The Yankees entered tonight’s game against the Rays on a four-game losing streak, eight games behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East. The hope is that by the time Tanaka is ready to return, the Yankees will still be in the running for a ticket to the post-season.

  1. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    KEEP THEM FB’S ROLLING AND HEATING IN TANAKA-SAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *Log out

  2. csbanter - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Yo whatcha u talkin bout son .

  3. pisano - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Save it for next year, that team is toast.

  4. bronxbomber213 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Unless he can give up -2 runs the overpaid bunch of pussies who refuse to hit much less score won’t win! They can’t score it’s actually depressing to watch every night!

    • Mikhel - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      He would need to pitch a game Valenzuela-Style, when he pitched gems and also produced the runs needed to win his game.

  5. banksatdixie - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Hey-Zeus…..it’s not that bad. Cant win every year. Franchises go through this.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 16, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    7 players on next years Yankee roster account for $140mil. 6 of them are over 30 and on the backside of their careers (CC, Tex, A-Rod, McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury, Gardner- you can argue the last 2). Tanaka is 25. And a true ace. Why rush him back? He’s clearly the nucleus of what the Yankees will work to (re)build upon in free agency over the next few years and sitting 8 games out right now with their recent play? They’re pushing the issue for what appears to be a hopeless cause in 2014. Worst case scenario they rush him back and he full out blows his arm up and misses all of 2015. Best case scenario he makes it back by mid-September only to pitch 2 more starts before the end of their season missing the playoffs. Is it really worth it?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      No. I’m fine with going the rehab route if that’s what he wants and the doctors feel it’s a viable option, but I’d still shut him down until next spring. Having months of rest can only help the arm heal.

  7. Black Dog - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    The more games he pitches this season, the better.
    The Yankees need to know if his elbow will hold up, and the only way to know is for him to endure the full strain of real games. If he waits until next season, and the elbow blows out, he will have lost 6-8 months of recovery time.
    To put it another way – if he blows out the elbow this season, he misses the 2015 season. If he blows it out next spring, he could well miss the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

  8. bigmeechy74 - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Why are they doing this? Just put him on the shelf. This seems really stupid. P.S. Wow it’s amazing how bad Mark Teixeira sucks! I’m so glad they signed him to that dumb contract! LOL!

  9. Mikhel - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    He should take Darvish’s example and rest.

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