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Masahiro Tanaka cleared to resume throwing program

Sep 2, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka AP AP

After a brief setback in his attempt to avoid Tommy John elbow surgery and rejoin the Yankees’ active roster Masahiro Tanaka has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Tanaka headed back to New York to be examined by Yankees doctors after experiencing what the team called “general soreness” last week, but Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com reports that he had no problems while playing catch this morning.

Tanaka’s odds of making a full recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament remain slim and his attempt to do so may end up simply delaying the start of a 12-month recovery timetable, but the Yankees have not ruled out his pitching again this season.

Before being shut down in mid-July the 25-year-old rookie from Japan went 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, including a 135/19 K/BB ratio in 129 innings.

  1. djdvd - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Now the chances seeing him for 2015 are about gone. Keep this up and cross out 2016 too. Sad because the kid is a beast

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      2015 is likely toast either way. If he has the surgery in November, he would still be fine for 2016 (by normal timetables anyway).

      • djdvd - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        True but if he would have went under the knife a few months back it could have been a possibility. Rest and rehab rarely work but hey maybe he’s the exception.

  2. sportsfan18 - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    uh, shut him down…

    Yanks aren’t going to the playoffs anyway…

  3. johnnysoda - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Please, Yankees, shut him down. Don’t risk ruining him just to have a shot in playing in a one-game playoff.

    • larrymahnken - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Tommy John Surgery doesn’t prevent a guy from getting ruined: see Jonny Venters. If he completely tears his ACL, he’ll have the same surgery that he would have if he had surgery today. If he can avoid having surgery completely like Roy Halladay did, he doesn’t lose any time except the two months already lost.

  4. pisano - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    The Yankees are idiots if they let him start another game, they should have had him do the TJ surgery a month and a half ago. Go ahead ruin this guys career, it’s your money.

    • larrymahnken - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      There are still zero doctors who have examined him who have recommended that he get surgery.

  5. gothapotamus90210 - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Bovada just took his odds of pitching in 2015 off the board.

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